Mr. Yellow and his lady friend recently welcomed two chicks.
Congratulations are in order for Alabama’s famous yellow cardinal!
Charlie Stephenson and photographer Jeremy Black, who were the first to spot the supremely rare bird in Alabaster back in February, observed Mr. Yellow, as he is known to his legion of devoted fans, spending a lot of time with a female cardinal over the past few months. And this week, the pair told AL.com that they spotted the couple feeding two chicks in a nest.
"We've been hoping for a good long time for them to hopefully produce offspring," Black told AL.com. "And now it finally happened."
It remains to be seen whether or not Mr. Yellow's mutation will be passed on to his offspring. For the moment, the birding community is simply basking in the one-in-a-million bird’s unlikely love story.
“These two lovebirds have been inseparable throughout these past few months,” Black wrote on Facebook announcing the birth of the chicks. “Although his bright appearance might have been different, she accepted him just the way he is. Together these two cardinals defied the odds and produced two beautiful babies.”
The babies, who just started sprouting feathers, are expected to leave the nest as early as this weekend.