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A Social at the Bird Feeder

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Hen Northern Cardinal

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!

House Finches

House Finches

House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal

House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal

House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal, Dove

House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal

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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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Northern Cardinals

Probably a hen Northern Cardinal but perhaps a juvenile male

Probably a hen Northern Cardinal but perhaps a juvenile male

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!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal Male

Northern Cardinal Male

 

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinal - likely a hen but possibly a juvenile male

Northern Cardinal – likely a hen but possibly a juvenile male

Northern Cardinal Hen

Northern Cardinal Juvenile Male

Yard Birds

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

A hen Northern Cardinal, a Palm Warbler, and a small flock of White Ibises were all visitors to my yards this past week.  I took the pictures of the cardinal and warbler from inside my home through the window.  The Ibises had taken advantage of the rainy weather to seek out grubs and worms in the lawn.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Hen Northern Cardinal

Hen Northern Cardinal

Palm Warbler on the Live Oak

Palm Warbler on the Live Oak

White Ibises

White Ibises

Cedar Waxwings, Cardinals, Carolina Wren, and a Northern Mockingbird

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That gigantic flock of Cedar Waxwings returned a few days ago to the large Juniper Tree here on my street.  This time the flock returned to ripe or over ripe berries festooning the branches of the tree.  Because these berries do ferment when overly ripe, the birds can sometimes get intoxicated from ingesting them!  Lots of really big loop de loops in the skies.  I believe the birds came out OK though and did not get harmed by this.

I also noticed a family of Northern Cardinals across the way on the roof of a home here.  I also noticed a Carolina Wren and probably what was a Palm Warbler near the Northern Cardinal.

Some of the homes are seasonal and this one has not had proper maintenance as evidenced by the saplings growing in the rain gutter.  It is not uncommon in Florida to see this when the gutters get clogged with leaves and wind or birds drop seeds on the roof.  The birds were hunting for insects and also seeds on the roof.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Migratory Songbirds Arriving in Florida

Eastern Peewee

Eastern Peewee

An Eastern Pewee, a Palm Warbler, and several Northern Cardinals have arrived in the past week.  I expect more songbirds will be arriving in coming weeks.  It is so nice to see the familiar songbirds in my yard and in the yards of various neighbors.  I also have spotted a very shy Carolina Wren that is hard to get pictures of.  I’ll keep trying to photograph that little sweetie and will post those snapshots here soon.

I am enjoying seeing a broader mix of birds than just the water birds and larger birds I mostly saw this last Summer here in Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Female Northern Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Yard Birds

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

A male Northern Cardinal, a young Eastern Blue Jay and a Northern Mockingbird all were spotted in my front yard yesterday afternoon.  It was blazing hot and some of the birds are likely now starting to molt.  At least that is the way they look to me.

Molting is when the birds change feathers from breeding to non-breeding colors.  It is nature’s way of taking care of older feathers, which drop out and are replaced by fresh young ones.  The birds do not feel very well during this time.  It is especially hard now because of our hot rainy weather.

That Blue Jay is likely just a recently-fledged juvenile and is probably not in molt.  The poor bird was really hot!  I took these photographs on August 9, 2015 at about 4:30 PM Eastern Time.  The temperature was about 91 degrees F.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Older Juvenile Eastern Blue Jay

Older Juvenile Eastern Blue Jay

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