A year ago, thanks to photographer Jeremy Black and bird-spotter Charlie Stephenson, we broke the story of a very rare yellow Northern cardinal that had Charlie had discovered in central Alabama. The news and Jeremy's photos ended up going viral and spreading to major newspapers and magazines. Yesterday Jeremy just sent us another message with more news and a new group of beautiful images.
"I wanted to share a thrilling update and numerous photos for your viewers who fell in love with the yellow cardinal," writes Jeremy. "One year ago today, the male Northern Cardinal with yellow plumage (now known as Mr. Yellow) was discovered in Alabaster, Alabama, by resident Charlie Stephenson. We are ecstatic to report that after 365 days, this particular Northern Cardinal is still residing in Alabaster and is safe and thriving. Throughout 2018, he's defied every obstacle thrown his way. This 'One in a Million' Northern Cardinal has found a mate, produced five offspring (none of which displayed the rare genetic mutation), and survived both predators and extreme weather conditions.
Many thanks to Jeremy and Charlie for sharing this great news about a very rare bird! —Craig Neff