Family of Cardinals

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Truth be told, I can only recognize a handful of birds by name – flamingos, parrots, toucans, egrets, cardinals and blue jays. Oh and woodpeckers (but that’s cheating since I only know what they sound like). Pretty much everything else falls into the category of “bird.” That’s particularly sad since the town that we live in is a protected bird sanctuary. Who knew, right?

Anyway, I’m delighted that a family of birds that I actually do recognize live in the trees around our house. While there are both male and female cardinals in our trees, only the males would let me photograph them (yes, I had to look up to see who was who – it’s embarrassing, really). I guess the men of the bunch were eager to show off their bright red plumage. I don’t blame them – what beauties! Here are the gentle-cardinals living in our trees.

Check out this guy. He was two seconds away from taking off – he knew I was looking at him. But, like all elusive stars, he let me take one quick picture before he flew away. Cardinals are such teases.

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And check out this guy showing me his good side.

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Pardon the blur on this photo, but it was taken through the screen. He was probably three feet outside of my kitchen window (in a snow storm!) and took flight right after I snapped this.

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Let’s just add “Book of Regional Birds” to the list of things that I need to get up to speed on. Perhaps once I convince the Boy Scouts to let me be a geriatric, honorary wrong-sexed member, I can bring my bird book along on my survival trips. Or, perhaps I can just buy a bird feeder and see who comes along to visit. It will be like Dances With Wolves, only we can call it Sits With The Birds….from the comfort of a house with central-heat.

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2 thoughts on “Family of Cardinals

  1. Cyn February 22, 2010 / 5:17 pm

    Thanks Rhianna! By the way, your boys are just gorgeous.

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