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.
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.