Rare yellow cardinal spotted in the Upstate

Yellow Cardinal spotted in Upstate
Yellow Cardinal spotted in Upstate(Ronnie Isbell)
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 12:38 PM EDT
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ANDERSON, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - An Upstate husband and wife’s bird feeders got a surprising and rare visitor to kick off the spring season.

Cardinals are usually known for the bright red color of their feathers, but Ronnie Isbell and his wife say a yellow version of the bird hangs out in their backyard.

Yellow cardinals have only been spotted in a few states.

There are reportedly about ten 10 or twelve yellow cardinals in the Eastern U.S. any given year. Experts say the yellow pigmentation of these rare cardinals likely comes from a genetic mutation.

Isbell said the rare bird has visited their home in Anderson several times. The first time they saw it was back in January.

“The first time, I actually brought a lottery ticket because I thought maybe this is something special but it didn’t work out,” said Isbell.

They last saw the bird on Tuesday, March 22.