Featured in _Human. Animal. Nature./Człowiek. Zwierzę. Natura. _ September 1, 2009.
Featured in Natural color and light January 16, 2009.
Of all the birds who visit my feeders, the cardinals are my favorites. (Yes, I do love my blue birds more, but they do not visit feeders … at least MINE don’t). The cardinals are my companions all year long … and this past breeding season we were blessed with a lovely family who have stayed to winter with me. Funny thing about them, some of the babies contracted a bit of a feather problem, mites I’ve been told, and boy, did they look sad!! But I was further told that the first cold snap would solve the problem … and I’m happy to relate that the whole family is now as lovely as this fellow!
Image taken January 9, 2009 with the Nikon D40x, using the 70-300mm VR lens (at 300mm).
See his companion here:
“Size & Shape
The Northern Cardinal is a fairly large, long-tailed songbird with a short, very thick bill and a prominent crest. Cardinals often sit with a hunched-over posture and with the tail pointed straight down.
Male cardinals are brilliant red all over, with a reddish bill and black face immediately around the bill. Females are pale brown overall with warm reddish tinges in the wings, tail, and crest. They have the same black face and red-orange bill.
Northern Cardinals tend to sit low in shrubs and trees or forage on or near the ground, often in pairs. They are common at bird feeders but may be inconspicuous away from them, at least until you learn their loud, metallic chip note.
Look for Northern Cardinals in inhabited areas such as backyards, parks, woodlots, and shrubby forest edges. Northern Cardinals nest in dense tangles of shrubs and vines."
the above information is thanks to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology