Charlie Stephenson was looking out into her backyard in Alabaster, Alabama, when she had the pleasure of witnessing an incredibly rare (and beautiful) sight.
There near her feeder was a yellow northern cardinal, something Auburn University biology professor Geoffrey Hill describes as a “one-in-a million situation.” While Stephenson is used to seeing red cardinals in her backyard, yellow ones are extremely uncommon, as their color comes from a genetic mutation. Since that first spotting back in January, Stephenson says the brightly-colored visitor returns on a regular basis — giving photographer Jeremy Black the amazing opportunity to capture the bird on…

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