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Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Description:

On a cold, snowy day I counted 73 cardinals in the feeding area. There are about 50 of them in the picture.

Habitat:

front yard, woods

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12 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thanks Diane, these are regular or so-called common birds in my locality and the best is when they bring their chicks along. Now some of the bulbuls and oriental magpie robin (the female especially) seem to wait for me and recognize me...and allow me to stay at a distance that I am closing :) Good luck with your white-throated sparrow (I have never seen one.)

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 6 years ago

SukanyaDatta you get some really nice birds, and I'm glad that your feeding the birds has made a difference. Yes it is very satisfying, humbling and relaxing.
This is the first year I am experiencing a decline in sparrows. I didn't realize this was happening, but this winter I see it. I have not seen one White-throated sparrow this winter, which I usually see many of.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Chunky peanut butter is a wonderful idea...I will suggest this to my sister who lives abroad...I put out seeds too but it started only for sparrows which are dwindling...it has made a HUGE difference locally and now I get spotted doves, babblers, 2 types of bulbuls, oriental magpie robins, grey headed starlings, sometimes parakeets...rufous tree pie (more for a drink of water) sunbirds (nectar from flowers) , common myna, pied myna....all on my rooftop terrace as I have my morning coffee...it is so satisfying, humbling and relaxing..isn't it? Thank you so much for replying and sharing.

MichelleHammond
MichelleHammond 6 years ago

Oh, WOW! All those splashes of bright red — just beautiful!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Absolutely stunning, Diane!

ceherzog
ceherzog 6 years ago

That is a sight to behold!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 6 years ago

Yes Desmond E.S.O. I actually have 6 blue jays that come. Last summer I found a nest in a front yard tree. That's a first.

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

I see a blue jay in the top left corner.

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 6 years ago

Thank you. SukanyaDatta, I try to keep food out all year long, but especially in the winter. Instead of using suet, I use chunky peanut butter and most of the birds love it, particularly the woodpeckers. I throw black oiled sunflower seeds and cracked corn in and around the forsythia bushes and the cardinals and juncos prefer that because they feel more protected. We have quite a few hawks here.

jeslowery
jeslowery 6 years ago

Nice!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thanking whoever put out some food for them.

JoshuaGSmith
JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

Incredible!!!

DianePlatcoBrooks
Spotted by
DianePlatcoBrooks

Ohio, USA

Spotted on Feb 18, 2015
Submitted on Feb 20, 2015

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