Canary, Katy, Tx
Not your typical garden visitor! This lovely yellow finch arrived one morning without fanfare at the feeders, just another finch among the cast of 10,000 finches we daily entertain. I did note that this one was quite yellow, much more so than our usual yellow-plumage house finches which make up some 15% - 20% of our male finch population. As I looked closer it seemed most unusual and I began to make a few photos. I simply had never seen such a bright yellow house finch! I did take time to check out my bird guides and nothing came close other than the house finch variety, (It never occures to me to consider exotics).
Placing the photos on the Whatbird forum quickly brought the right answer, a Canary! Well who would have thought! The poor chap is just trying to make its way alone in a large and unwelcomming world after having escaped from some cage somewhere. I checked the local petstore and they sell canaries for about $80 each so not only is this bird an escaped fugitive, but it has a price on its head as well! It did not return the next day so it must be that much further on its underground railroad. Good luck Mr Canary!