Cardinals are some of the first birds we recognize. How could you not? The males are a vibrant red, and the females are subtly elegant in their fawn colored plumage with pale red accents. Adults have bright orange bills while the juveniles have black bills. I love to watch how they quietly chatter with each other... the female will almost be scolding the male in quiet little chips and squeaks. Who doesn't like to hear the male Cardinal singing at the top of a tree each early spring? It is a sure sign that winter is almost over!
Cardinals are quite lovely and spunky birds. One of my all time favorite feeder bird.
|Northern Cardinal male|
|Northern Cardinal female|
|Northern Cardinal fledgling|
|Northern Cardinal male feeding his recent fledgling who is begging. |