There were a lot of birds around the bird feeder in the park but as it was cold and the snow was beginning to pick up, most of them took to the trees to fluff up and hunker down. In this image I was aiming at the female Cardinal but also got the Blue Jay in the back ground. Usually Blue Jays are rambunctious and don’t get along well with the other smaller birds but in this case the weather made for peace on the branches.
While the male Cardinal (Redbird) gets a lot of attention because of his bright red feathers, the female Cardinal ain’t too shabby! I think her coloration, while not as brilliant, is still beautiful. What do you think?
I agree — the female are more subtly colored, but they’re just as beautiful. I thought I heard a cardinal calling this morning, but it was a call I’d never heard. I finally spotted the bird, and it was a male cardinal, but I couldn’t find a matching audio file online. Maybe the one I saw was feeling creative.
Maybe he had a sore throat? 🙂
If he didn’t have one when he started, he might have had one at the end — he went on for nearly an hour.
Such a beautiful bird. I just had a male and female at the feeder. Love seeing them.
Thanks, Nancy! I’ve been thinking about maybe putting out a feeder in our yard myself.
They will come…!
She is beautiful, indeed! I love cardinals.
Very nice. I understand male birds tend to have the brightest colours. So as to seduce the female. And the female tends to have dull colours to “protect” the species… (where did I see that? LOL)