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Northern Cardinals

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Another familiar songbird in Florida is the Northern Cardinal.  They are here in my new neighborhood and in various spots throughout the entire community in this development.  The Northern Cardinals love fruits, berries, seeds, nuts and a few insects.  Mostly they eat plant seeds and fruits.  They have a wedge-shaped beak that is powerful and allows the bird to crack open tougher seeds and nuts.  There are Oaks and Magnolias here with tall older Pines.

The bright red male cardinals often like hiding in thick pine needles and bushy shrubbery.  You can’t blame them, as their vivid red color makes them a bright target for hawks and other predators.  The female is a medium-reddish brown colored bird with just a tinge of the bright orange in her beak.  Both genders have a top-knot crest on their heads.  They are excellent parents and the father does a lot of the rearing of the older juvenile cardinals.  I took these pictures on several days in the last few weeks in my yard and in the greater community.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Northern Cardinals" (8)

  1. that middle photo is great with the blue sky framing him. 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, Yes, I liked that photo, too. I seldom see Cardinals up on electric lines as that makes them easy targets for predator birds. Have a wonderful day and a good day again tomorrow. Thanks for your always nice comments!

  2. They are always so pretty to watch!!!!

    • Hi Ginny, I am really happy that the Cardinals are around this neighborhood and the general development here. Have a super great day and a nice day tomorrow, too!

  3. Your cardinals are beautiful! Mine are shy and will take off, if they see me looking at them! Have a great day!

    • Hi Eileen, Some of the Cardinals are in the neighborhood where homes are high density and people are somewhat seasonal. Some of the birds were out near the ranch that borders the development (ranch owned by the developer here). Birds and critters seem to be used to the presence of people. Have a wonderful Tues. tomorrow! I always appreciate your comments.

  4. You seem to have many of your favorite bird species in your new area. What a great thing!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, many familiar birds and critters here. A few unique ones too. I will be blogging here on some of the unusual birds soon. Have a great day tomorrow!

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