I was not aware of the yellow-orange variant of HOFI when we found this bird on a wire on Anna Maria Island, FL, doing the CBC. At first I thought (hoped) it might be a Caribbean bird, or might be an escaped caged bird? But the streaking and bill shape pointed to HOFI. A call to colleagues confirmed the identification. Here’s a link to the Anna Maria island News article about our unusual discovery.
Check out the website for the Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
They are a group of young birders from Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas between the ages 7-18, that share a passion for birds, birding, bird watching, bird photography, adventure and everything and anything else to do with birds and nature!