Lots and lots of Cardinals

The cardinals around here are also known as red birds.

We have so many juveniles right now I guess it is a group of teens hanging out. As teens they go through changes with their feathers and sometimes they look a little scraggly.

I love sitting outside while they are eating they get use to seeing you. I love the sounds and whistles the red birds make.

I am always hearing new bird sounds but I do not always find the bird to identify it.

The sights and sounds of nature and the wildlife that surround us allows us time to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it.

A pair of cardinals

When I was a kid I always remember my grandmother feeding the birds.

When she would go into the backyard all the birds would fly all around her it was the most amazing thing.

She always fed them left over cornbread and the birds loved it.

One of her favorite birds was the cardinals. I wish she could see today how many cardinals we have that come here to eat. I know at times there are 10 in these feeders and that is just this side of the yard.

Most of the time they eat in pairs even when I see a group of them they are in pairs.

Cardinals are beautiful birds and they make the most amazing sounds so you know they are near.

Every time I see the cardinals it makes me think of my grandmother.

Enjoy the beauty of nature that is all around it makes each day very special.

Looking out

The male cardinal is looking out for the female who was eating.

I often catch the males guarding the females. Around here I think its from the hawks who love easy prey.

I have found most the birds around here like the open feeders.

I have one closed feeder the titmouse, sparrows and woodpeckers like its a house type with plexiglass.

I have 12 bird feeders spread across our yard area which is one acre. I generally feed a few times a week and the rest of the time they are on their own. We have lots of plants and trees that produce bird friendly berries or fruit.

Nature gives us the presence of her beauty and requires so little from us. Appreciate the little things because their beauty is all around us.

A couple of cardinals

I was walking around our backyard on one of my nature walks looking for something interesting to take a picture of.

You can always hear the chirp of a cardinal before you see them. Along came this male and female cardinal and they posed for me.

Life is full of color right outside in our own backyards. Nature and the wildlife never let us down they are always putting on a show.

 

The beauty of a cardinal

My grandmother loved feeding the birds but I never remember her buying bird seed.

Her birds would get scraps from lunch or dinner but the birds ate it all. They would eat beans, cornbread, fruit and old bread. I always remember lots of cardinals and blue jays in her backyard. It was like the minute she walked out there they all came and they were not scared of people at all.

My dad loved feeding the birds and the raccoons and I loved watching him enjoy nature in his own backyard.

I think I was always a nature lover but when you have others teach you the beauty of wildlife it gets passed down even more.

We have lots of feeders here and I feed quite a mixture of seeds & suet. You can mix chicken scratch and black oiled sunflower seeds together for easy cheap mix and the birds love it. I recently bought some safflower seeds to feed occasionally.

This bird is a juvenile female cardinal she found some red berries that fell off the asparagus fern growing off our side deck.

They say a cardinal represents a loved one who has passed. They usually show up when you miss them the most. In many ways, I believe this because lately, my dad has been on my mind.

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The juvenile cardinals

We have always had cardinals in our yard but this year we have a lot.
There are so many juveniles going through so many different stages you have to laugh about it.

The males especially seem to get the worst of it and tend to look so awkward during this stage.
In the pictures, below the males are in the first two pics you can tell their feathers are changing colors so they have two colors of feathers right now.

The females are the last two pictures but all these birds are juveniles.

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