Meet the Boys

Meet the Boys and a few Girls

The male cardinal is most likely the bird more responsible for people taking up bird watching than any other bird.

Such a photogenic bird, caught one napping…

They combine familiarity, recognizability, and a color so conspicuous that it is hard to miss in a bright white landscape.

They are all over the place…

In summer, they are one of the first birds heard in the morning with their very sweet whistle.

I can get really close…

They often sit low in shrubs and trees.

They share the bounty very congenially with the other birds, only chasing off each other.

They are found in shrubby forest edges like I found them here.

Keeping an eye on me…

Men and their ladies…

They nest in dense shrubs and tangled vines.

Loving that seed…

Off he goes…

They often sit with a hunched appearance.

Taking a seed break…

Zero degrees outside…

The Red Bellied Woodpecker is pecking up a storm… (I think this is one, it was a lot bigger than the Downy)

The Downy Woodpecker is very acrobatic and noisy. This is a female because it does not have a red patch on top.

She was so busy, I almost could touch her as she hitched up and down right in front of me…What a cutie…

This is my favorite spot to photograph the birds. They actually know my truck and let me stand under their tree to shoot them foraging in the snow. I am outside the area that I throw seed in my video. It is only about 43 seconds and you can see my special spot on the edge of the woods.

I found this spot and then the birds found me. My earlier photos were taken without using seed to lure them. They were flying almost inside my truck when I realized it was because they were demanding food. After that, I brought them a snack. At the end, there is a closeup of Chickadees with the snow gently falling today. The wind blows, the birds tweet thank you and you will see why this place is such a peaceful, yet cold spot.

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20 Responses to Meet the Boys

  1. Connie says:

    Donna, darling, your photos are stunning!! This almost makes me want to sit in the cold and watch birds … notice that I said ALMOST. Watching winter birds is fascinating.

  2. Laurrie says:

    The funny thing about those male cardinals is that they absolutely know they are handsome. Lookit how they pose and show their stuff. Shameless!

  3. One says:

    Another enjoyable post. It’s amazing how you managed to get such close-up shots of them. I wonder if they have enough to eat during winter. The tweeting sound may mean thank you for feeding.

  4. lifeshighway says:

    As much as I love to gaze upon the scarlet splendor that is the cardinal my heart belongs to the little downy woodpecker. In fact all woodpeckers get my rapt attention.

    Great photos!!!

  5. Cat says:

    I marvel at the way the Cardinals get along with the other birds too. It is so interesting to me that although our climates are so different, we have the same birds flitting about…cardinals, tit mice, chickadees, woodpeckers. They are abundant right now and loving the suet feeder I added to the yard this winter. Great captures!

  6. Catherine says:

    What great pictures! I love seeing pictures of Cardinals in the bare branches with snow in the background, it always seems so Christmasy. We lived for a year in St. Louis and that’s the only place I’ve ever seen them in person.

  7. Christine says:

    Your photographs are outstanding! The Cardinals and the woodpeckers are so beautiful – isn’t nature amazing?.

  8. m3rma1d says:

    Wow, I could almost hear them…. Awesome post.

  9. Marguerite says:

    Beautiful birds (and photographs!). Unfortunately living in Canada I’ve never seen a cardinal. The first birds I ever got interested in identifying were ducks. When I lived in the city, duck ponds were full in winter and I was amazed to see many ducks other than mallards. I quickly got interested in all the colours and shapes. Once you start looking there’s so much to see.

  10. Donna, I always think it’s so funny that the red bellied woodpecker has a tan chest and red head. Your’s is so cute. All the birds have “personalities” in your photos. It snowed another 4 to 6″ here in PA last night. That’s after I potted up all my snowdrops for sale. They are fine though. Luckily my husband got me a new, really warm heater for my garage where my potting table resides and a heated mat to stand on while potting. I feel like Miss Fossil Fuel, but it’s better than freezing because there was no heat before. Carolyn

  11. Angela says:

    What beautiful pictures!! I’m so jealous that you’re able to snap so many pictures of those gorgeous red cardinals! There are a few cardinal families in my neighborhood, and they come into the yard regularly (I’ve seen Mom & Dad, Mom & babies), but I’ve never been able to snap any pictures. Your spot does indeed look very peaceful!

  12. Donna, they are all cutie pies! But the male cardinals steal the show with their color, especially against the crisp, white snow. Loved the video clip at the end but brrrr does it look cold! Hard for me to imagine so much snow still. It was 70F here today (Sorry, I know you didn’t want to hear that!)

  13. debsgarden says:

    Cardinals are my favorite! You took some wonderful photos. But it looks so cold. I had to put on my sweater after watching your video; I’m afraid I might perish in your climate! Despite our slight snow and freezing temps a couple weeks ago, this week we have been in the 60 to 70 degree range!

  14. Holley says:

    Beautiful pics! I love seeing the cardinals – especially when I see the male feeding the female. And I’ve left a few dead trees up to lure the woodpeckers to our place. Adding the range maps was a nice touch.

  15. Bom says:

    What wonderful photos! Are they relatively calm birds? I’m amazed at your pictures. Did you really get up close? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cardinal or a woodpecker so it is very nice that you have posted these, especially the one of the cardinal taking flight.

  16. Julia says:

    Just stopping by to visit your boys again! They really are gorgeous and bring a smile to my face. I have a new goal for my bucket list now, to see red cardinals in the wild, just beautiful. Thank you so much for this post, its a happy place =)

  17. Dear Donna, Amazing photos! The chickadees on your video are adorable! Sorry I haven’t been around lately, but I just got home from another hospitalization (third this year). Your posting cheered me enormously. P x

  18. Cardinals are incredible aren’t they? And the little woodpecker is a cutie!

  19. Tatyana says:

    Fantastic! You deserve a medal for these pictures! Those beauties were posing for you! Thanks(to you and to them too!)!

  20. Sweetbay says:

    Your bird shots are beautiful! We have a lot of Cardinals here too in NC and their brilliant red is always a welcome sight.

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