January 15, 2014

Mask

Mask by ricmcarthur
Mask, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
During the recent winter storms and brutally cold weather we had cardinals coming into the yard.
They aren't much for bird feeders and prefer to eat on the ground.
This male cardinal had been routing around in the snow for seeds before flying up to this perch.

Taken through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.

Cardinalis cardinalis
Only a few female North American songbirds sing, but the female Northern Cardinal does, and often while sitting on the nest. This may give the male information about when to bring food to the nest. A mated pair shares song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and slightly more complex song than the male.

The oldest recorded Northern Cardinal was 15 years 9 months old.

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