Male Northern Cardinals graced the Live Oaks here in my yard and in a Live Oak across the street. There are three older juvenile male Northern Cardinals living in the shrubbery in the front yard across the street. I saw the three fly up to the trees next door here and tracked them to my own trees. Sometimes older juvenile males cooperate and live around one another. Later in their lives, they go their own way.
I have not seen any hens but I am sure some are here. My next door neighbor has both a bird bath and a bird feeder so the birds are well taken care of here. I am looking into putting up a feeder of my own soon. I took these photographs on Oct. 12, 2104. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Titmice, Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, and Carolina Chickadees were all spotted in the trees and around the yards along my street in the last few days It appears that some of these birds may be molting (seasonally shedding and regrowing feathers).
It has been a while since I have seen so many songbirds here. The acorns are now dropping from the Oaks, so maybe the food supply of acorns and related insects is more plentiful than was earlier in the Summer here. Perhaps, too, the resident hawk has not been around as often. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I took these pictures of a pair of nesting Northern Cardinals on Monday, April 21, 2014 near my home. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Female Downy Woodpecker
A Downy Woodpecker, a female Northern Cardinal, a Black and White Warbler, and a Pine Warbler are all sweet and small songbirds. All of these sweeties were spotted on Monday, February 17, 2013 in my yards and along the street close to my house. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.
By the way, I saw my first Cotton-tailed Rabbit of the new year late Monday afternoon in my front yard. It scampered off before I could go and grab the camera. Perhaps I’ll get some bunny pictures in the near future. Hope so!
Female Northern Cardinal
Black & White Warbler
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!
Northern Cardinals and Eastern Bluebirds make their home in my neighborhood. I have been sick this week with a cold and am frustrated that every time I have gone outside to take pictures of birds, there are no birds to be seen. The weather has been hot, breezy, cloudy, and most days, rainy. The birds also are at the end of their molt so these combine to cause me to not get the pictures I want.
Soon I will be feeling fine and soon the birds will feel great also! I took these pictures of the Eastern Bluebirds and Northern Cardinals from my yards back in July. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. As always, enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These Northern Cardinals are beautiful females. I snapped these pictures in my yard and in neighboring yards on July 9, 2013. The female Northern Cardinals are a reddish-brown with orange beaks and that reddish-orange-brown signature top-knot crest. These are two different birds but they do live just across the street from each other. These lovely birds are cheery and sing clear musical notes.
The Cardinals like to eat fruits, berries, seeds, nuts and the occasional small bit of insect. They usually can be seen hunting on the ground or perched in thick shrubbery or among thick tree leaves. Unlike the bright-red males, the female Cardinals are much less easily spotted. I enjoy seeing and hearing these songbirds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I spent the last week having a truly fine time visiting with my family in sunny California and attended a niece’s wedding there. I am back home in FL now, and will again be blogging regularly.
This male Northern Cardinal was flitting around several trees in both my back and front yards on Easter morning. It was very loudly singing a song that I am not familiar with. Apparently birds in different regions may sing a slightly varied dialect. That is my anecdotal experience, anyway. This bird was high up in the trees when I was trying to find it. The trees are now almost fully leafed out, so that made the picture-taking harder because the bird was sitting behind leaves and was in deep shade. I ended up having to snap the pictures from almost right under the bird.
The Northern Cardinal female was nowhere to be seen or heard on that day. Maybe the song was a love song and the bird was trying to find a lady friend? Who can say? Northern Cardinals eat insects, fruits and berries mostly. The females are a red-brown with an orange-red bill and the familiar Cardinal top-knot crest. I took these pictures in my yards on March 31, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, and House Finch were among the birds that were out and about for a short time yesterday. The weather was grey and nearly cold. We had a short period of rain so the air was misty when I took these pictures in my yard. I also saw the Red-bellied Woodpecker and a flock of Mourning Doves but they were camera shy and fled before I could get the camera focused and snap their picture. Oh well. I took these pictures on November 6, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Female House Finch