Northern Cardinals have invaded our backyard lately. Don’t get me wrong, an invasion of this type of bird is most welcome. The only problem is that I stand at the window taking photos WAY too often. 🙂 In the last few weeks, we had red streaks flying all over the yard. So pretty!!
All of the photos below were taken from the kitchen window, through the glass (the dirty glass, I might add). So – how many northern cardinals do you see in the tree in the photo below? At the time that I snapped this photo, there were some at the feeders also.
Remember, that clicking on any photo will enlarge it and present a slideshow of all photos in the post.Did you know:
The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.
- Only a few female North American songbirds sing, but the female Northern Cardinal does, and often while sitting on the nest. This may give the male information about when to bring food to the nest. A mated pair shares song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and slightly more complex song than the male.
- Many people are perplexed each spring by the sight of a cardinal attacking its reflection in a window, car mirror, or shiny bumper. Both males and females do this, and most often in spring and early summer when they are obsessed with defending their territory against any intruders. Birds may spend hours fighting these intruders without giving up. A few weeks later, as levels of aggressive hormones subside, these attacks should end (though one female kept up this behavior every day or so for six months without stopping). (source: allaboutbirds.org)