Cardinal In Spring
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A female Cardinal listens for her mate's call as the leaves of spring are breaking forth all around her. She is at peace knowing her nest is almost finished and that the last twigs are being put in place, being readied for her first brood of the season. Textures added from Kim Klassen.
The Northern Cardinal is a fairly large, long-tailed songbird with a short, very thick bill and a prominent crest. Cardinals often sit with a hunched-over posture and with the tail pointed straight down.
Male cardinals are brilliant red all over, with a reddish bill and black face immediately around the bill. Females are pale brown overall with warm reddish tinges in the wings, tail, and crest. They have the same black face and red-orange bill.
Northern Cardinals tend to sit low in shrubs and trees or forage on or near the ground, often in pairs. They are common at bird feeders but may be inconspicuous away from them, at least until you learn their loud, metallic chip note.
Look for Northern Cardinals in inhabited areas such as backyards, parks, woodlots, and shrubby forest edges. Northern Cardinals nest in dense tangles of shrubs and vines.
Nature photography by Sandi O'Reilly, All Rights Reserved and Copyrighted. For any questions you have, please feel free to contact me through FAA's email service, glad to help.
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May 7th, 2013
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