Florida cook discovers and films hours of rare Yellow Cardinal

A burst of bright yellow in the trees—it was the recent reappearance of one bird in a million: the Yellow Cardinal. And the beginning of a love story between an out-of-work restaurant cook and a brightly colored, arrogant, rare and beautiful bird. What rarity? “One in a million – only 10 to 15 are believed to be alive in the eastern range of the United States,” said Jeremiah Vreeland. Vreeland first saw the Cardinal Yellow in his garden in April last year. He wasn’t a bird watcher, he was a restaurant cook. He noticed it but didn’t think about it. Then his next door neighbor mentioned what an amazing sighting it was and Vreeland started researching. “This bird literally changed my life,” Vreeland said. learned that a nearby Port St. Lucie woman also documented a yellow cardinal in 2019. She named it Sunny. Given the chances of seeing the rare bird twice in one city and comparing the pictures, they agreed – it was Sunny – to come back. And Vreeland had a new fascination. “I was new to birdwatching – everything he did was awesome to me,” Vreeland said. It was just when COVID-19 hit and the restaurant in Vreeland, where he was a cook, closed. sitting in a chair on his terrace and wearing his dressing gown and a cap, his hair long and unkempt, he began filming – looking for Sunny for six to 10 hours a day. time, at the beginning. So Vreeland, no longer in the stress of a small, heat-filled kitchen, reeling from the recent death of his mother, began to watch all the other birds flock to his oak-shaded yard. And he felt peace. That’s really when I started falling in love with the birds,” he said. Follow us on social media: Facebook | Twitter | InstagramAnd then Sunny started coming more often. He chased the other red cardinals around the yard. His personality seemed endearing. Sunny brought along a mate they named Ada. The couple hatched two baby birds, both red and not yellow. Vreeland and his fiancée took them Called Little Orange and Sweetie, with a peanut on the feeder, he could have sworn as Sunny tilted her head, looked at him and telegraphed “Thank you,” he took one of his best photos of the encounter.” Later, I learned it was just flirtatious breeding behavior,” said. But was it really? Vreeland was never really sure. And did he really want to know? Share with us: Upload your photos and videos via uLocal And then, after four months of devoted love to birds, Sunny passed away. u, for seven long months. “It was weird. I had grown so attached to him. I didn’t expect to feel that way for a wild bird,” Vreeland said. Vreeland had given up hope of ever seeing Sunny again when Sunny suddenly flew into the yard in April, giving her a few happy weeks of rarer video and companionship. “It was amazing. I wish I could experience it again, it was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Vreeland said. Sunny instead of the TV or playing video games, has given him a peace of mind he doesn’t think he would have found otherwise. Now her yard is filled with feeders for different types of birds and a birdbath. And he will be eternally grateful. to the yellow cardinal who taught him to sit quietly, listen to the wind and watch. He hopes Sunny will come back. You can follow him on his Sunny Cardinal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo…

A burst of bright yellow in the trees—it was the recent reappearance of one bird in a million: the Yellow Cardinal.

And the beginning of a love story between an unemployed restaurant cook and a brightly colored, arrogant, rare and beautiful bird.

How rare?

“One in a million – only 10 to 15 are thought to be alive in the eastern United States,” said Jeremiah Vreeland.

Vreeland first saw the yellow cardinal in his garden in April last year. He wasn’t a bird watcher, he was a restaurant cook. He noticed it but didn’t think about it.

Then his next door neighbor mentioned what an amazing sighting it was and Vreeland began his research.

“This bird literally changed my life,” Vreeland said.

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Vreeland learned that a nearby Port St. Lucie woman had also documented a yellow cardinal in 2019. She named it Sunny. Given the chances of seeing the rare bird twice in one city and comparing the pictures, they agreed — it was Sunny — to come back. And Vreeland had a new fascination.

“I was new to birdwatching – everything he did was awesome to me,” Vreeland said.

It was just when COVID-19 hit and the restaurant in Vreeland, where he was a cook, closed.

So he settled into a chair on his terrace and dressed in his dressing gown and a beanie, his hair long and unkempt, he started filming – looking for Sunny for six to 10 hours a day. .

Sunny only appeared every few days for a few moments at a time, at first.

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So Vreeland, no longer in the stress of a small, heat-filled kitchen, reeling from the recent death of his mother, began to watch all the other birds flock to his oak-shaded yard.

And he felt peace.

“That’s really when I started falling in love with birds,” he said.

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And then Sunny started coming more often. He chased the other red cardinals around the yard. His personality seemed endearing.

Sunny brought along a companion they named Ada. The couple hatched two baby birds, both red and not yellow.

Vreeland and his fiancée called them Little Orange and Sweetie.

Vreeland watched as the pair taught the baby birds to fly, shouting encouragement with their high-pitched cardinal beeps, flying from branch to branch and calling for the baby birds to follow.

Once, when he placed a peanut on the feeder, he could have sworn that Sunny had tilted his head, looked at him and telegraphed “Thank you”,

He took one of his best photos of the encounter.

“Later I learned it was just courtship breeding behavior,” he said.

But was it really? Vreeland was never really safe. And did he really want to know?

Share with us: Upload your photos and videos via uLocal

And then, after four months of devoted love to birds, Sunny disappeared, for seven long months.

“It was weird. I had grown so attached to him. I didn’t expect to feel that way for a wild bird,” Vreeland said.

Vreeland had given up hope of ever seeing Sunny again when Sunny suddenly flew out into the yard in April, this time only remaining a few blissful weeks of rarer video and companionship.

“It was amazing. I wish I could experience it again, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Vreeland said.

Vreeland said months of watching Sunny instead of TV or playing video games gave him a peace of mind he didn’t think he’d found otherwise.

Now her yard is filled with feeders for different types of birds and a birdbath.

And he will be forever grateful to Cardinal Yellow who taught him to sit quietly and listen to the wind and watch.

He hopes Sunny will come back.

You can follow him on his Sunny Cardinal Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/photo…