Signs of spring are already showing; my Taiwan flowering cherry tree is blooming and has started to put forth new green leaves. This male Northern cardinal found a resting place in its branches on a sunny day in late February.
The male Northern cardinal is a bright red bird with a beautifully varied song; the female is brownish taupe with hints on red on her crest and on her wings. They nest in low bushes and normally lay two or three eggs. Both male and female feed the hatchlings, approaching the nest in a roundabout way to distract would be predators. Cardinals pairs mate for life.