Cardinals are my hardest to photograph birds. They sit out there on a feeder until I pick up the camera and then, he vanishes. He doesn’t even fly away, at least not that I can see. He seems to just fall off the feeder or the railing.

Up in the air, Junior Bird Men!

Is he just dropping down to the ground? I know there are always seeds down there, so it’s possible. Today, he didn’t fly away. He was determined to eat. When one of this ladies came by, he shooed her away. Not very romantic. Except for doves, most woodland birds are anything but romantic — unless they are trying to woo a mate. Doves, though, hang out as couples. They sit together in the branches, clean each others’ feathers, share the feeders. They are not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, but they are very sweet.

So here’s a gallery of today’s Cardinal. If you click on image in the gallery, it will enlarge. Just so you know.

Categories: Anecdote, birds, Blackstone Valley, Cardinal, Gallery, Music, Photography

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11 replies

  1. Ah, Marlyn. An absolutely stunning bright red cardinal has appeared in my yard recently, and I think the darn thing knows whether or not I have my camera with me at any particular time. He never appears when I do have the camera, and when I don’t, the silly bird seems to taunt me by posing beautifully on a low limb or the fence. Argh.


  2. For a hard to photograph bird you have a lot of great shots 🙂 He’s so colourful, I wish we got cardinals here in the UK!


    • Thank you!

      Cardinals are probably are our showiest birds. This one was busy eating, so I was able to focus, something I rarely get to do. There are birds this bright and beautiful in other places — Australia, Africa, the Middle East and probably other places I don’t know about, but for this part of North America, these are the showiest. They are a member of the finch family, so when the brilliant yellow Goldfinch and the scarlet Cardinals get together to eat at one feeder, it’s kind of amazing to see.


  3. I like the sitting still cardinals, but that action shot is wonderful!


  4. I love seeing this cardinal up close. I’ve never seen one in person, er bird!


    • According to my bird info site, they do live down in Mexico. Whether or not they live near you, I have no way of knowing. They may have a specific diet that limits them to wherever they can get the food they need. They are entirely seed-eaters, so they eat any kind of seeds, berries, fruit. All the finches are entirely vegetarian. Look them up and see if they are more specific locally. They may be there, but you haven’t seen them. Yet.

      “The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a bird in the genus Cardinalis; it is also known colloquially as the redbird, common cardinal, red cardinal, or just cardinal (which was its name prior to 1985). It can be found in southeastern Canada, through the eastern United States from Maine to Minnesota to Texas, and south through Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. It is also an introduced species in a few locations such as Bermuda and Hawaii. Its habitat includes woodlands, gardens, shrublands, and wetlands.”

      So you have some. The question is exactly WHERE.


      • Actually, I lied. I have seen one cardinal when talking online to a friend in the states. Her husband had just died and I had sent her a little gift of a stuffed cardinal. Don’t know why, but she thought it was because the cardinal is supposedly an agent of communication between departed loved ones and their living “others.” She said when they were doing his memorial a cardinal had come and perched on the tree over where they spread the ashes. As she was telling me this, I looked up and there was a cardinal perched on my bird feeder. It eventually flew away and I’ve never seen it since. I swear this is a true story…


        • She was in Alabama and I was in Mexico when this happened.


          • Well, my guess is that they are living all around you, but they are getting enough to eat elsewhere. You live in a rich environment for birds or that’s how it appears. I never heard that Cardinals have any astral powers, but who knows? I mean, why NOT? They really like black sunflower seeds AND they like standing up while eating. They will cling, but they prefer flat feeders.


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