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A Cheery Splash of Red

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A handsome Northern Cardinal was spotted in a brushy area of my property that I call “The gulch”.  It first was in the tangled branches of a recently fallen dead tree, and then flew up to the crowns of two different standing dormant trees nearby.  I really enjoy seeing Cardinals.  They whistle cheerfully and are just plain beautiful to look at.  The males are red with a black mask on their face.  Cardinals are sometimes known by the nickname of “Red birds”.  The Cardinals like perching and nesting in the thick boughs of evergreen trees such as the Pines, Hemlocks, and Cedars, among others.

The female Cardinals are a reddish-brown with a faint brown mask on their face.  Juveniles look a lot like the females do in general, but juvenile males have a tinge of bright red on their brown.  These birds primarily eat seeds, fruits and berries and nuts.  I took these pictures in my yard on Feb. 6, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Cheery Splash of Red" (5)

  1. So pretty up against the bright blue sky. Amazing that so many people still call them redbirds!

    • Hi Ginny, I first heard these birds called “Redbirds” back when I lived in Northeast Texas back in the early 1990’s. Must be a very old nickname for the Cardinals. I am happy that we have had blue skies here for a few days after a bitter cold spell. Have a great Sunday tomorrow!

  2. It is nice to see this splash of red in the winter. Pretty shots. Have a great evening and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    • Hi Eileen, Yes, it is. By the way, I just saw a Red-winged Blackbird come to the bird feeder. First one since early Fall when they moved farther South. So Springtime birds are on their way. Have a super nice Sun. tomorrow and thanks for your always great comments!

  3. They sure do add some bright color to the yard!

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