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Cardinal Edition

Posted by Cheri Penny on 6/16/2015 to 7 Things You Must Know About Birding
Cardinal  Edition
The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.

  • Cardinals prefer to face their food while eating. If you are using  a tube feeder add a seed catching tray for better results.

  • Their favourite seeds are safflower  and black oil sunflower. Straight  safflower  is great because it will also  deter squirrels!

  • Cardinals love birdbaths, the  water level should be 2-3 inches at the  deepest part.

  • Cardinals prefer dense coverage such  as large shrubs, thick vines, and evergreen trees.

  • Cardinals will hatch up to 4 broods in one season. The male tends the  one while the  female starts the  next brood.

  • The male cardinal is very defensive; it will spend hours fighting  its reflection in windows.  Putting window  silhouettes on reflective surfaces can fix this problem.

  • Cardinals can live up to 15 years in the  wild.