When I go out to feed the birds in the morning, I am often stopped in my tracks by the sound of chirps and fluttering wings as cardinals seem to appear out of nowhere and descend on the bushes surrounding our yard. They know when feeding time is, and ready themselves to claim their share of the bounty. I’ve come to look forward to their beautiful flashes of red and all the activity that surrounds feeding time!
“Stop. Look. Listen. You are surrounded by countless little blessings but you’ll miss them is you don’t pay attention.” ~Ruth McPherson
13 thoughts on “Northern Cardinals”
I miss Cardinals! Only red bird here is the Summer Tanager. Beautiful photos!
Thanks, Eduardo! Cardinals have a way of endearing themselves to you. Summer Tanagers are beautiful too!
Oh, yes! Cardinals are the best! Wonderful pics!
Such gorgeous colors❤️
I really enjoy seeing the flashes of red as they move about the yard. 🙂
They hang around Minnesota during the cold months and look magical in the snow ❤️
So many – lucky you! 🙂
I counted about 15 sitting in one bush yesterday, huddling in the cold.
Your pictures are so beautiful Rebecca. I really enjoy cardinals too. We had a nest in a barberry bush for years and years and I got to know the tweets of this bird. The female cardinal and I had a nice little relationship wherein I’d give her a cup of safflower seeds every night when I got home from work. She’d wait patiently while I went into the house and got the paper cup and spread them in front of her. I enjoyed that little visit with her every night. I like your quote as well.
Yes, cardinals have a way of waiting patiently and expectantly for their food. These fly down close to where I’m standing and chirp excitedly to remind me that they are ready to eat. I think I’ve read that they flock together in the winter for survival and then spread out in the spring for mating. A bunch together, especially against the snow, sure is a pretty sight!
Yes, they do that and I like seeing them in the Park as they will swoop down when they see peanuts and grab them right in front of the squirrel’s noses. They are patient and when the time is right and safe, down they go. It is rather comical. The blue jays are not so adventurous and that is just as well as they are too rambunctious sometimes. The cardinals against the snow – just beautiful.
These are so beautiful! How lucky to have so many together at once!!