Red Gallery – Northern Cardinal

You are welcome to the Northern Cardinal Photo Gallery, every Saturday!

It’s suggested to relax and enjoy!

Males sometimes bring nest material to the female, who does most of the building. She crushes twigs with her beak until they are pliable, then turns in the nest to bend the twigs around her body and push them into a cup shape with her feet. The cup has four layers: coarse twigs (and sometimes bits of trash) covered in a leafy mat, then lined with grapevine bark and finally grasses, stems, rootlets, and pine needles. The nest typically takes three to nine days to build.

Photo Gallery

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101


13 thoughts on “Red Gallery – Northern Cardinal

  1. Fantastic display of the glorious northern cardinal, thank you HJ. Saturday Reds, always a joy; and interesting information about the building of their nest. Great post, my friend–

  2. Beautiful images as always HJ! Interesting information about their nest building. Have you always put an intro paragraph and I have not been seeing it, jumping straight to the photos or is this new?

    • They’re in the middle, not too shy, not too bold. They are very cautious. They may be used to see me though. Thanks Val. 🙂

      • I’m sure they are used to you. Birds have very good eyesight and I think they also have an extra sense of some sort that we, humans, don’t have – some sort of perception of who is trustworthy and who isn’t. 🙂

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