Birds are actually lining up to use the bird feeders at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). And it can get quite raucous at times with the Cardinals, one of which is seen here in the foreground, and the Blue Jays, one can be seen in the background on the feeder, and their young ones all vying for the feeders at the same time. When the squirrels arrive, watch out!
The Northern Cardinal is a frequent visitor to the bird feeders in my mother’s backyard. Not only a beautiful guest but one whose name is so fitting for its appearance. The red plumage of the male Northern Cardinal inspired the comparison to the red robes of Roman Catholic Cardinals making for a far more interesting name when juxtaposed against the less than inspiring names so many other birds are stuck with. And then there is the male’s black “beard,” which […]