Photo of the Week – Already dreaming of spring.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn”. Hal Borland

The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning. I took this picture in my backyard.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bettylouise31
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 19:08:43

    We don’t have cardinals here but I did see them in Arizona. The Steller Jay Is a beautiful bird. I will look for one of my pictues to post. I took a birding class in college 1953 as a filler and I have bird since.
    http://idahobluebird50.wordpress.com

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