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The northern cardinal, also know as a redbird or common cardinal is easily recognizable. The male sports a distinctive crest along with its brilliant red plumage. This is a guide about the northern cardinal.
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I was already taking pictures of this lovely female cardinal when the downy woodpecker came in. He nipped her tail a little, hence the indignant attitude!
It was an icy January morning in 2011, and I was snapping photos of the birds in our back yard here in north central Louisiana. I do this often from our back deck, it is like therapy for me! I was so happy to capture this fella's pose that day.
By Rita S.
Red cardinals are so pretty to look at in the snow in the winter. They decorate many calendars and Christmas cards, which is understandable. I hang my feeder close to the kitchen window, which gives me a meal time view of them. They seem to keep the same hours as I do to eat. Enjoy.
This bird appeared at my feeder last year and I never could get a good look at it. It was bright red, almost orange, it 'glowed', it was so beautiful. It looked like a cardinal, but something was just not right. There were no black markings around the face and it was not the right color red. I looked at all my bird books trying to figure out what kind of bird it was. I though maybe a scarlet tanger, but no that wasn't it. I thought maybe an immature cardinal, but the colors didn't fit that pattern either. The bird came almost daily to feed. One day it showed up with a female cardinal. After some researching I decided it was an 'aberrant colored' male cardinal. I watched for him everyday. He would come, sometimes with his mate and sometimes alone. I noticed that the other birds picked on him. He would try to feed and they would dive at him and run him away. I loved seeing the bird come and feed, he is so pretty with his bright red-orange feathers. I even named him "Abe" since he was 'aberrant'. This year when all the spring birds started coming around I watched for "Abe". I wasn't sure if he would be back this year or not. Then one afternoon in April I saw him in the grass under the feeders pecking away for seeds. I was so glad to see him. He even brought his mate by one morning for breakfast. I saw him feeding her. How sweet! I'm not sure how long birds live, but I hope Abe continues to come by each year. He is one of a kind!
Lake Norman, Denver NC
I happened to look out my kitchen window yesterday, and saw this beautiful cardinal sitting there posing for me!
By Toni N.
This was taken off my pool deck in my backyard. My husband was able to capture the wonderful moment of the baby cardinals in their nest waiting for their mom to come back with some food.
This bird was right outside my window, just sitting there. So I grabbed my camera and started snapping photos. I got about five or six shots before he flew away!
This cardinal sits in the forsythia bush every day as though he's posing for me. Sometimes he brings the Mrs., but she is very shy and stays in the background.
I captured this photo with my cell phone looking through our French doors outside one morning as this cardinal was just coming off one of our log feeders and was in flight with its wings wide open. I was truly amazed that I captured the shot with my cell phone.
The tranquility of the snow falling as a beautiful pair of cardinals rest on the bird feeder, was a picture I couldn't resist taking. :)
Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal stopped off at my feeder here for a rare appearance together. They are usually separate eating while one watches. This time they were brave enough to be together
This beautiful snowy day brought some special visitors, a couple of cardinals sharing a meal and an adventure! There is also another bird that looks like it might be a woodpecker, and several other varieties of beautiful creatures, all having a nice winter meal!
It took a bit of editing to get this fella to this point of visibility. But, he actually was sitting there, wide awake, way past his bed time. I wonder what was going on. Maybe the missus was having another migraine?
I saw my first cardinal this year, when we put out our grandson's new birdhouse. A beautiful sight to behold! Maybe the red birdhouse may bring more cardinals to our yard. My grandson sure hopes so.
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I took this photo from the window where I sit with my laptop every morning. This cardinal entertained me by sitting at the feeder for about 10 minutes! He just sat there looking in at me for so long, I just had to share.
Awesome! I love Cardinals. I have a bird feeder outside my kitchen window and a shelf where my cats can sit and watch the birds too. They keep us all entertained. (02/16/2011)
This red bird does not seem to know that spring and summer are gone because it still enjoys the same branches it did when they were pretty and green. It was such a delight to look out my window, and see this breath of beauty in the cold dreary months of winter.
By Lula F.
Editor's Note: The bird in the photo is a cardinal
This photo is a bit blurry, it was far up in a tree and I was worried about it flying away, but it still amazes me!
What great contrast between the cardinal and the sky. Great job! (01/06/2011)
Cardinal having a snack at the bird feeder.
What a beautiful picture! we don't have cardinals here in the Pacific NW; I enjoy seeing the beauty of them! Thanks for sharing! (09/27/2010)
I followed, and finally saw the elusive cardinal in our backyard! He was very hard to get any pictures of, he was feeding his young who were in the maple tree. A nice family to join us!
A couple of cardinals at our home.
Bobby, these are not cardinals :-) They look like the common house finch to me. Nice photo of the pair enjoying the afternoon together! (05/28/2010)
A very pretty picture of the birds! I have cardinals in my backyard, but they don't look like yours. I live in PA so maybe they look different in your state. Good photo. (05/28/2010)
They are a rose finch or some such name. (05/28/2010)
I think these are finches too but not to worry! I had a brain fluff just a few weeks ago and submitted a Blue Heron calling it a Pelican even though I knew it was a Blue Heron ;-)
Love your photo! Thumbs up! :-) (05/28/2010)
These appear to be house wrens. Cardinals have pointy top head and very red beaks. (05/29/2010)
The male cardinal is red all over. The female is less red all over.
These are house finches. (05/30/2010)
This was taken in our yard. The wind blew down the feeder and my favorite cardinal and his mate had fun eating out of the bird feeder on the ground.
This is my Red Cardinal that stays in our old shed out back. He comes back every year in the winter.