Here are photographs I took this last week, of a variety of songbirds. I so enjoy seeing new birds here! The new arrivals this past week were: A Chipping Sparrow; a Pine Warbler; and a pair of American Robins. It was very cold for two days last week. Some of the birds are seen here really puffed up so that they could stay warm. It was only 31 degrees F. when I took the pictures of the American Robin, and the little Eastern PeWee! Brrr.
The Eastern Blue Jay was a welcomed sight. I seldom spot Blue Jays around here. There at least two male Northern Cardinals here and a male Downy Woodpecker also in the area. In fact, I saw three different kinds of woodpeckers here in the yards last week. Additionally, there was a flyby of a flock of Cattle Egrets right over my home. I took these pictures in my yards and around the street. I am happy to say that the weather was much warmer this past weekend here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!
Northern Cardinal birds are beautiful and are also nice to listen to. They have a wonderful melodic whistle call and song. I think the Cardinals, which many also call “Red birds”, are super little birds. The male is bright red and the female is a rusty-brown with the coral wedge-shaped beak. This pair of Cardinals nest in one of the Oaks in the Oak grove next to the pond here. I have not seen any young but we have had a really bad spate of hot dry weather here. I hope we will have a break from the very hot weather and have a bit of rain as well. I took the pictures from my living room on July 8, 2012. Enjoy!
Northern Cardinals come to the bird feeder each day now. I see the beautiful Cardinals in my yard and in trees near the street as well. I love seeing that flashy bright red male with his topknot and black mask. The females are a rusty-orange brown on their back and head with a buff colored underside. Both males and females have a coral-red bill. The females also have a grey mask and a topknot. Right now I have noticed that several of the birds are in molt and are losing feathers. This is normal and happens a couple of times a year to refresh their feathers.
The Cardinals eat seeds, fruits, and insects. They eat of the tray on the bird feeder I have because their bill is too wide for the holes of the feeder’s tube. Many of the birds seem to have learned to do this. I took these pictures in my yard during the last week. By the way, this post just happens to be number 800! Time flies! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!