Cheer cheer cheer or purty purty purty rings out in the woods, sung by both sexes and heard year round. Winter resident cardinals will sing on a bright sunny winter’s day, the calls heard from the understory plants of forests and home gardens. Yes, if you want Northern Cardinals, make sure to have a garden rich in twiggy branching plants for shelter.
During the breeding season…
male cardinals may sing 200 or more songs per hour in the wee hours of the morning. I wonder how they have the energy to mate after that one man show?
They have 16 different calls too, including the metallic chirp like when a hawk shows up. This got me thinking how cheerful these birds are to the winter landscape. While I think of them as cheerful, they have many other moods as well. Check out the bird expressions. Not everyone is pleasant, some are serious and others a little grumpy. It was -10° out by the river, so I guess a little show of displeasure is warranted. Plus I ran out of seed so the masses were a bit rowdy.
Just take a look at the brightly colored bird in the snow. It really is like a beacon to a marauding hawk. Cardinals don’t even molt into a dull winter plumage as so many birds do. They learned to stay near bushes under cover in winter in case hiding is necessary. So plant those understory shrubs if you want them near.
You just can’t have too many cardinals in winter. Purty, purty, purty birds.
On Nature and Wildlife Pics, more cardinals, a plethora of cardinals. Can you believe they are all different too? I am the cardinal whisperer…