Northern Cardinals, House Finches and a couple of Mourning Doves were all partying at my neighbor’s patio bird feeder a few days ago. We are seeing more and more migratory songbirds here so I am happy when I am able to get pictures of a group of these birds. I took these pictures on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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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!
A family of Northern Cardinal birds has made its home in the shrubbery along my street here recently. The neighbor’s bird feeder and bird bath are big draws for a lot of songbirds now. It has been hot and stormy so the birds like to grab a snack and cool off in that inviting bird bath water.
The cardinals eat seeds and sometimes enjoy an insect or two but mostly are seed and nut eating birds. A more distant neighbor on the next street over has a small flower garden with a couple of Sunflowers that are now blooming. The birds are really going to go wild over that! So many lovely little songbirds now. I am enjoying getting to do some bird watching in between thunderstorms! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo. Enjoy!
Sandhill Cranes are here in my area for the Winter months. Some are even year-round residents. The big grey, white, beige, and red birds are most often spotted near grassy areas where there also is a pond, lake, or river nearby. They eat grass, grains, and occasionally snails, small fish, tadpoles and other small aquatic prey. Mostly, they are vegetarians. While observing the cranes, I also spotted a feisty Eastern Blue Jay, a pretty Palm Warbler and a female Northern Cardinal.
In The Villages, in Sumter County, FL, the Sandhill Cranes sometimes are seen around golf courses where they are admired and are not terribly inconvenient for the golfers (unlike the ‘gators). I took these pictures on December 30, 2015 at a spot fairly close to the Live Oaks Park near Sumter Square and Lake Sumter. I think someone had put bird seed down (not me). The big birds enjoyed an easy meal! I also saw the pair at a small pond near that same area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These songbirds and ducks were spotted in the last few days in the housing development where I live. I am greeted each morning with bird song! Such a nice thing to happen. By the way, the crow shown above, was drinking a few drops of water out of the rain gutter on top of the roof. Of course, I also enjoy the ducks but they are really just come and go visitors here. We do also have rabbits and squirrels around here but I seldom see the bunnies out.
The ducks are a pair of Florida Mottled Ducks that are trying to set up a nest at the larger rainfall retention pond next to the health club. I sure hope for their sake that this rainfall retention basin pond actually gets to stay wet. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Have a great coming week and enjoy!
A duo of Northern Cardinals were flitting around between trees and a decorative iron fence at our local park last week. I so enjoy hearing their singing and seeing these beauties! The hen is the rusty-brown bird and the male is that brilliant red colored bird.
These two likely are a mated pair as both were together a lot. It is now nesting season so the pair likely are now busily building their nest. I am really glad to live close to a beautiful park with lovely songbirds, owls, and herons (koi too!). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!