Northern Cardinals come to the bird feeder each day now. I see the beautiful Cardinals in my yard and in trees near the street as well. I love seeing that flashy bright red male with his topknot and black mask. The females are a rusty-orange brown on their back and head with a buff colored underside. Both males and females have a coral-red bill. The females also have a grey mask and a topknot. Right now I have noticed that several of the birds are in molt and are losing feathers. This is normal and happens a couple of times a year to refresh their feathers.
The Cardinals eat seeds, fruits, and insects. They eat of the tray on the bird feeder I have because their bill is too wide for the holes of the feeder’s tube. Many of the birds seem to have learned to do this. I took these pictures in my yard during the last week. By the way, this post just happens to be number 800! Time flies! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!