Monday, January 19, 2009

The Northern Cardinal

Dedicated to all my blogger friends who do not
get Northern Cardinals at their backyard feeders.


Last year I counted 12 pair of Cardinals in my yard
but this year I have even more than that.
Sunday Morning it was snowing and as I looked
out towards the feeder all I could see was 'red' in
the bushes. Click for a closer view. Almost every bird you
see is a male or female Northern Cardinal.

The brilliantly colored Northern Cardinal has the record
for popularity as a state bird: in the United States,
it holds that title in seven states.

According to Cornell's"All about Birds" This common
bird is a winter fixture at snow-covered bird feeders
throughout the Northeast, but it only spread to
New York and New England in the mid-20th century.

It's song is a series of clear whistles, the first
down-slurred and ending in a slow trill.
"Cheer, cheer, cheer, what, what, what, what" then "chip"
Once you hear a Cardinal you will remember it and be
able to imitate it easily.

They like dense bushes for cover and will sit in
them between their trips to the feeder

The female Northern Cardinal sings, often from the nest.
The song may give the male information about when to bring food

Female Grayish tan. Red in wings, tail, and crest.
Face and breast have some red. Face mask gray to black.
Conical bill red to orange.
Brighter red males hold territories with denser vegetation,
feed at higher rates, and have greater reproductive
success than duller males.

Cardinals will easily share the feeder with other birds.

Two of the predators of the eggs and chicks are Eastern
gray Squirrels

and Blue Jays.

Coopers Hawks and Shrikes will prey upon adults.
I know one thing.... They are a welcome sight in the
dark dreary days of winter when color is drab.

Male or Female they are equally attractive birds
I hope you enjoyed the Cardinals at my feeders.
Winter snows sure bring out birds in numbers.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Lynne said...

We have Cardinals year round here but I think they're prettiest against the snow.

The Birdlady said...

I agree - they are so beautiful in the snow.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That was such a blessing to me today.I needed those cheery pictures today for various reasons.God's richest blessing to you.I have heard that there is a Cardinal which was seen only 2 blocks from our place but so far we have not been able to find him.

Shellmo said...

So glad I got my "cardinal fix" over here! So beautiful and always a joy to see! Very nice shots~

Richard said...

That is quite a collection of Cardinals. Beautiful pictures.

jalynn01 said...

Ruth: So glad you enjoyed the Cardnal post. God always knows what we need...Praise his name. It's funny, when I'm feeling down I pray for God to send me a bird to watch and it has happened so many times.

Bird Girl said...

I love the pictures of them with the snow, too! And I really like the shot with the Blue Jay and the Cardinal together!

HANNIBAL said...

Beautiful cardinals--Loved the snowflaky ones!

Craig Glenn said...

Great photo's today Jalynn, and thanks for the visit and kind comment!


Tina said...

You certainly captured quite a few of these beautiful birds in your first picture. Wow. Like everyone else I love the flash of color with these striking against the snow!
They are a neat bird, and I would be so excited to see as many as you have at your feeders.
Nice post!

JKoenig said...

What an outstanding group of Cardinal pictures. We have them here in Indiana--in fact, they are our state bird. However, I have never seen so many together. When they do come to my feeders, it is usually nearly dark, and of course, hard to have enough light to get a good picture. They also seem to have very keen eyesight and when they see me, they fly off while other birds don't. The snowy background just makes them extra beautiful...Janice

Lindy said...

I love these pics! The cardinals are lovely... especially when the snow is flying! Thanks for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

You sure have a lot of birds with red on them. Nice shots.

I would rather be doing most anything except sitting in the house looking at the sun shine on all this snow. Eating cookies sounds good to me.

I don't know about you, but my head reels with ideas and things I either want to do, should do, or wish I did — that I don't have much time left to do anything but take a nap.

Carpe Diem!

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Marsha said...

I hate to admit this trait, but I'm seriously JEALOUS! In the last 26 years I have only seen 3 males and one female in my yard! You don't know how lucky you are...I will be back again and again for my cardinal fix as well ;-)

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