Northern cardinals

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).

Cardinalis means important. Cardinals are important to my happiness, that’s for sure.

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Cardinals coexist with other ground feeders without problem in winter. In the photos above, both a male and a female cardinal are ground feeding with a dark-eyed junco and a mourning dove. In spring they become territorial so far as other cardinals are concerned. Both males and females sing and have a territorial call in the spring. I like to think that my cardinals think that my garden is their garden.

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While males are red, females are brown with tinges of red and a large red bill. Juveniles are also brown but with a blackish gray bill.

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Cardinals aren’t exactly shy. It’s more that they look things over before they make a move. They often seem to be looking straight at me when I am looking at them. Watching them watching me.

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