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bright yellow House Finch at Tecolote Canyon

Our monthly bird walk at Tecolote Canyon got washed out after 45 minutes or so, but while out and about we encountered an unusual male House Finch with the usual red pigment replaced by yellow–not yellow-ish, but bright canary yellow. This individual is likely the same bird we saw on last month's walk (January 25), so it is worth looking for. Today we saw it on Tecolote Rd. across from the recreation center and ball fields; last month it was a mile or  so  farther up the canyon. I suspect this bird exhibits a condition called xanthism–don't know if it has been previously reported in House Finches.

John Walters

Bonita, CA
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports