Happily a family of cardinals has decided to call the trees behind my house their home. I must admit, I wasn’t sure there was a family until just this past week. Over the Summer I had seen the cardinals but wasn’t sure if I was seeing one multiple times or several different cardinals. Finally this week, I saw several of them together. At one point I saw three by one of the bird feeders, but I wasn’t quick enough to get the shot this time.
A few fun facts from allaboutbirds.org :
- The Northern Cardinal is the state bird for seven states
- The oldest recorded Northern Cardinal was a female. She was just about 16 years old.
- If the male Northern Cardinal sees its reflection in a mirror is can spend hours trying to fight off the intruder. The male fiercely protects it’s breeding territory.
Below are a few pictures of what I am referring to as the siblings. These are young northern cardinals because their beaks are a dark brown. I believe I have seen the mama, but I didn’t get a picture of her this week. I did hear her – she is very vocal. I was able to get a picture or two of the papa. He was a little more difficult as he didn’t stick around long to get his picture taken. 🙂
Hope you enjoy the pictures! Thank you for stopping by my blog!
All photos are originals by Kim Stites