Songbirds are such a nice addition to one’s yard! I was thrilled by seeing the first male Northern Cardinal of the year here. The songster was undoubtedly calling for its friends. The male Northern Cardinal is a jewel-like ruby-red with a black mask, wedge-shaped beak and a top-knot crest on the top of its head. Cardinals eat berries and other fruits as well as many kinds of seeds. They like to hide in evergreen trees such as the Junipers and Pines.
This Cardinal was singing a beautiful melodic whistle that sounded like “Wheeo, wheeo, wheeo” and that phrase repeated three times. It is a slight variation of the call that I used to hear the Northern Cardinals in Texas make. I think that birds, like people, have dialects. That is my anecdotal take on the idea, anyway. The cardinal was alone at the top of the very large bare tree so it stood out. I took this picture in my yard on a cloudy late afternoon on March 2, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!