True love for Valentine’s Day

A pair of Northern Cardinals rest on the rose arbor.

A pair of Northern Cardinals rest on the rose arbor.

I caught these two Northern Cardinals, male and female, posing two days ago. They make beautiful “love birds” on a cold and snowy day.

For more information about the Northern Cardinal, check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s wonderful website. There is everything from spring behavior to nesting and feeding sites. By the way, the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab sponsor a backyard bird count each year in February. In winter, I often find ten or twelve Cardinals sitting on the arbor near my bronze, five-tier No-No feeder. Over a year ago, the makers of the No-No feeders sent me one for review, and I wrote about it on a Lowe’s post some time ago. Cardinals do love black oil sunflower seed. However, we use a feed similar to this Songbird and Cardinal Preferred Blend Bird Food because it attracts many different birds.

These male Cardinals will be fighting like crazy come spring, but for now peace reigns.

These male Cardinals will be fighting like crazy come spring, but for now peace reigns.

In the spring, these fantastic males will stake their own territory, and things won’t be so friendly. Male Cardinals can be quite fierce. If you’ve ever seen one crashing into a window over and over you know what I mean.

Happy Valentine's Day


13 comments on “True love for Valentine’s Day

  1. Janet, The Queen of Seaford

    We have had a couple male Cardinals flitting around and who knows what else, but what a flash of red!!

  2. Vicki

    What a very sweet picture of the male and female cardinals. Very nice!

  3. [email protected] Eye View

    Amazing how the birds and other animals behave differently in the seasons…cute shots of cardinals Dee.

  4. Lisa at Greenbow

    How sweet is that Cardinal Couple. Great photo. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too.

  5. Carol

    I love seeing the cardinals in my yard. The males stand out on overcast wintry days.

  6. Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening

    That is one bird that must really get around. We have a pair of cardinals frequenting our feeder as well. I should go visit the Cornell site to learn if some of them migrate and some do not, or if none do so. Interesting that you and I both have them but Leslie does not.

  7. Layanee

    Love these photos and Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well.

  8. Jason

    I also love cardinals, especially in winter. Those two on top look like they are refusing to speak to each other after an argument.

  9. Holleygarden

    Beautiful photos! My favorite thing to see is a male cardinal feeding his bride. Such a sweet gesture. They do make lovely “love birds” on a cold day.

  10. Leslie

    What a wonderful photo of that pair. I so envy you your cardinals!

  11. brenda

    Love the cardinals! At my office, I saw a male getting a seed out of the feeder and taking it to the female. What a romantic! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  12. Marian StClair

    Perfect post for Valentine’s Day! Hope yours is special. After days of rain we finally have blue sky this morning–that’s special enough for me!

  13. Gail

    I do love Cardinals. When I was a middle schooler we moved from urban St Louis to Tampa, FL and I fell head over heals in love with them. I am thrilled they visit my garden. Beautiful photo of the love birds. Happy Valentine’s Day to you Dee.