Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), Yuma West Wetlands, Yuma County
This Northern Cardinal was photographed by Henry Detwiler on 19 June 2016.
This species has been reported at this location since
2013; it is unknown whether there is just one individual
The Northern Cardinal does not occur regularly in
Yuma County, though strays occurred throughout the LCRV
during the 1970s-80s. The nearest populations to Yuma
are at Cabeza Prieta NWR, Pima County, and the upper
Bill Williams River, La Paz County. Given the isolation
of this site from current cardinal range, its proximity
to the Mexican border, and the frequency of cardinals in
captivity, individuals seen in Yuma are believed to be
escaped cage birds. However, the possibility of natural
strays cannot be ruled out.
Identifiable as the southwestern subspecies superbus
by longer crest, limited black above the bill.
19 June 2016, photo by Henry DetwilerAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 21 June 2016