Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
You lurking up north lately, Lin? LOL! The other day, I happened to be in a local wetlands area--it was so serene. The peepers were peeping away, daffodils were blooming along the banks of a brook, lots of stuff greening up, and there was a pair of Cardinals hanging around--obviously this was their neighborhood I was intruding upon.
Lurking up north?
Aaah, Daffodil's ... we don't get those pretties down this way. I bet spring is beautiful in your area! One of my sisters lives in N. Georgia and she has the prettiest spring blooming bulbs, daff's, crocus, tulips etc ... gorgeous spring colors!
I bet your visit to the wetlands area was nice. It's great to get away from everyday noise of car horns honking etc., to the quiet of nature with the only "noise" being the birds singing, frogs croaking etc. My husband was off from teaching for spring break last week and we had hoped to go to the Merritt Island Nat'l Wildlife Refuge (about an hour south of us) one day, but never did make it. I love visiting parks and nature preserves so hopefully we will take a day trip one weekend soon!
The Cardinal is a very common year round bird here in my area. Many folks love the male for his vivid red color, but the female's and juveniles are pretty too.
Thought you might be visiting up north b/c you posted so many photos of northern birds in the last few days. I had no idea that cardinals lived in Fla! See? I learned something today! LOL! The wetlands visit was unplanned, but much appreciated. It is actually just outside of my Dr's office, and I spotted it outside his office windows during my 2 hour visit, so I paid a little visit after I left. The timing couldn't have been better! I love daffodils--dunno if I could live where I couldn't enjoy them, but I guess I could do w/o the snow storms. I liked your robin pic too.
LOL, The Northern Cardinal is one of the most common year round birds here in this part of Florida, along with Blue Jays, Northern Mockingbird, Painted Bunting, Mourning Dove, and a few different Woodpeckers. The Robins,Cedar Waxwings, Red-winged Blackbirds, Goldfinches and a few others are winter visitors here. I love our winter visitors but know spring has arrived for sure when they begin heading back up north. All the Robins and Waxwings are gone now and I've only seen two Red-winged Blackbirds the past week. We are definitely into spring here in central Florida ... pollen is extremely high from the many trees and plants that are blooming. We had a high of 82º a couple of days ago and low humidity ... a beautiful day!
What a pretty picture. I love cardinals. I used to see them in NJ not here in Ca.