This male Northern Cardinal was flitting around several trees in both my back and front yards on Easter morning. It was very loudly singing a song that I am not familiar with. Apparently birds in different regions may sing a slightly varied dialect. That is my anecdotal experience, anyway. This bird was high up in the trees when I was trying to find it. The trees are now almost fully leafed out, so that made the picture-taking harder because the bird was sitting behind leaves and was in deep shade. I ended up having to snap the pictures from almost right under the bird.
The Northern Cardinal female was nowhere to be seen or heard on that day. Maybe the song was a love song and the bird was trying to find a lady friend? Who can say? Northern Cardinals eat insects, fruits and berries mostly. The females are a red-brown with an orange-red bill and the familiar Cardinal top-knot crest. I took these pictures in my yards on March 31, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!