Last January, Tom Ruggles of Zanesville sent photos of a very interesting Northern Cardinal. A jaw-dropper, actually. I posted photos of the bird HERE, along with an explanation of why the bird would be yellow rather than its normal coat of crimson.
Well, Tom's odd bird has returned, and he just sent along these photos. This "yellowbird" would certainly catch one's eye!
As birds uptake carotenoids through food that they eat, it may be that fruit - probably from some non-native shrub - has caused the shift in this cardinal's coloration.
Thanks for sharing the photos, Tom, and I'm glad your bird has returned once again!