Today I have to tell you a bit about another bunch of dear birds that have been my all year regulars since I moved to my house in Georgia.
I’m referring to the Northern Cardinals. They are so good looking birds, both, male and female. I’m so used to see them daily that sometimes is still dark outside at dawn and looking out the window to the deck and I can see one or two cardinals waiting for me to refill the feeders. Of course if they see me though the window somehow a bunch more will appear!
Here’s some more information about them for the readers that might be unfamiliar with these birds.
The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a North American bird in the genus Cardinalis. It can be found in southern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and south through Mexico. It is found in woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and swamps.
The northern cardinal is a mid-sized songbird with a body length of 8.3 in. It has a distinctive crest on the head and a mask on the face which is black in the male and gray in the female. The male is a vibrant red, while the female is a dull red-brown shade. The northern cardinal is mainly granivorous, but also feeds on insects and fruit. The male behaves territorially, marking out his territory with song. During courtship, the male feeds seed to the female beak-to-beak. A clutch of three to four eggs is laid, and two to four clutches are produced each year.
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101