Cardinals are one of my all time favourite birds. We are so lucky to have a few pairs of them in the garden all year round. The brilliant red of the male stands out in summer or winter. Here are some of my favourite photos taken over the years. They usually frequent the feeders in the early morning and evening.
Cardinals have a variety of songs.
They are a mid sized bird measuring up to 21 cm. long.
Cardinals mainly eat seeds but will enjoy some berries and insects now and then. During the mating ritual the male will often feed the female some seeds.
The female is the nest builder and she lays 2 to 4 eggs called a clutch. They can do this up to 4 times a year.
Just look at this pair of young cardinals at the flat feeder.