This cheery red bird is a male Northern Cardinal. I spotted this new arrival to the neighborhood on December 19, 2013 just across the street from my home. The handsome songbird was perched in a Spirea bush. It also was seen standing on the ground under that same Spirea hedge on the bank of the rainfall retention basin.
The bird had a strand of grass in its bill. These beautiful birds enjoy berries, seeds, nuts and sometimes, small insects. There are Holly Trees around this neighborhood as well as other ornamental plants which have berries. I am really happy that this fellow and probably, its mate, are here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!