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Northern Cardinals

 

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The Northern Cardinals are seed-eaters and also occasionally enjoy nuts, and berries or fruit.  Sunflower seeds are considered prime treats for Northern Cardinals.  They also like suet a little bit – especially the suet with apples or other fruits embedded within the cake.  These beautiful songbirds often will come to bird feeders.  They seem to also hunt on lawns quite often.  These birds especially enjoy perching in lower branches or in large shrubbery.

The hen is a rusty brown in color while the male is bright red.  The juvenile male looks quite similar to the female adult.   The cardinals often will be seen in small flock family groups where there will be two males and two or three hens.  Occasionally the extra males will just be eager suitors.

I took the pictures of the Cardinals on Thursday morning, October 6, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Northern Cardinals" (4)

  1. Hello, great post and photos of the Cardinals. I have not been seeing as many as I used to see in my yard. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  2. love the families i have around here. 🙂

    • Hi Tex, Yes, there were a lot of Northern Cardinals in East Texas when I lived there many years ago. Glad you enjoy your birds on the ranch! have a wonderful day and enjoy the horses, pups, and Road Runner birds!

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