Because the Cardinal is always so nervous and flies away at the slightest sign of threat, this set of photos didn’t come out as sharp as I’d hoped. But at least I landed a few shots. Finally.
|Tries to hide, but sticks out like a sore thumb...|
Despite being a little skittish, Cardinals do visit bird feeders. They are partial to fruit and to sunflower seeds. I don’t supply the former all that often, but the latter is there quite regularly for the taking.
|He finally decided to be brave and come out of hiding.|
Cardinals are monogamous, and they dedicate most of their time toward their partner, and raising their young. Males often feed the females as part of their courtship behaviour.
|They always show up for the food.|
|This feeder has black sunflower seed in it. The birds go crazy for it!|
They are fiercely protective of their nests and have been known to go so far as fighting their own reflection in the belief that they are warding off an intruder.
|He seems to love this plastic sunflower. I put water in it for the birds.|
|He's such a handsome devil, isn't he?|
|Wondering if he should take a sip.|
Cardinals were once popularly kept as pets, but their sale as cage birds was banned in the United States by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
|He looks so cool on the fence.|
Only the male cardinal sports the bright red feathers. The female may not be quite as colourful, but she is just as unique; she is one of the few female birds in North America that can sing.
|He doesn't stick around long, so I always have to move quickly with the camera!|
And speaking of singing, I found this really cool video about the cardinal and its funky voice that I’d like to share with you. It’s really interesting, so if you have a few minutes to spare, take a look at it.