Jan. 3, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Birds

northern_cardinal_2Our female Northern Cardinal is always first at the feeder in the morning.  She is brown with warm red accents, a sharp crest and a bright red beak. The male hangs back and joins her after he is sure the coast is clear. Smile.  He is a shade of red that just flashes and you can’t take your eyes off of him. The red berries on our winged euonymus shrubs must be very tasty because that’s where he often sits. Cardinals need to eat enough red and orange foods to produce the male’s brilliant red and female’s warm taupe feather colors.

Cardinals are a great combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style; they are very popular among birders and non birders alike…who can miss them?  They don’t migrate and their colors stay bright so they’re really breathtaking in winter’s snowy yards. I like to put food in the feeders later in the afternoon as they eat just at dusk and early in the morning.  They like to eat on the ground…our squirrels don’t leave any crumbs for them. Oh well, they seem to be happy eating from our fly-by feeder and the little basket I’ve hung on the Wildlife Christmas Tree.  They also use the birdbath…but sit in the Magnolia tree until all the other birds are away from the water.

In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.

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