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I love to watch birds hopping on and off my feeder in the backyard.  I also love the sound of their manic early morning chirping as dawn breaks and they descend upon the feeder for breakfast.  Mostly we get Sparrows and Chickadees, Morning Doves, sometimes a pair of Cardinals.  I have a couple of Blue Jays who periodically visit, not to eat from the feeder but rather to steal some of the peanuts left out on the table for the squirrels.  The jays do not have a pleasant voice at all but they are beautiful to look out and bold enough to land on the table or porch rail even though we are present.  Soon, as Spring overcomes winter, there will come a day when all of sudden I hear a lilting song and I know that the Red-Winged Blackbird has arrived!

Over the years we’ve been visited by Grossbeaks, Woodpeckers, Yellow Finches, House Finches, Cowbirds, Starlings, Robins as well as Blackbirds, and of course pigeons (those I chase away).  AND we get Grackles, those iridescent beauties.  They are part of the Starling family and by many, not considered to be an exciting siting.

I disagree! Their luminous feathers literally reflect sunlight, they gleam in the sunshine and as they move around (they are ground feeders) their colors shimmer as their shading goes from blue to purple to green.

Sapphire Blue

Sapphire Blue

Purple Wings

Purple Wings

Sitting Pretty

Touches of Teal Blue

Aquamarine Throat

Aquamarine Throat

Nature's Gradient Colors

Nature’s Gradient Colors

All photos courtesy Murray Head

 

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God, they are SOOOooo beautiful!  I don’t know what it is about Cardinals that really turns me on.  I am enraptured by their beauty, their markings, their brilliant color.  Not really overly-religious, however, I look at these birds and wonder why they were created in this manner.  Why are they so strikingly red? Why do they mate for a year?  There is a myth that Cardinals mate for life and in a way that could be true since the average life expectancy of a Cardinal is about a year.  I am saddened to learn this fact.  I thought the Cardinals that return to our feeder year after year were the same couple nesting nearby.  And speaking of couples, that is another reason I love these birds so much;  When you see a female Cardinal eating, you can be sure that the male is not far away.  He is always on the lookout for predators.

Today we have several photos of male and female Cardinals who dwell in Central Park.  They may be birds just like Sparrows, Nuthatches and Chickadees but really check out the attitude and demeanor, these Cardinals have great expressions.

Deep in thought

Deep In Thought

Now Where Did He Go?

Now Where Did He Go?

i Can See A Lot From Here

i Can See A Lot From Here

This Is A Good Hair Day

This Is A Good Hair Day

Really, We Have Nothing In Common

Really, We Have Nothing In Common

Three Red Cardinals

Three Red Cardinals

A Christmas Card Cardinal

A Christmas Card Cardinal

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

 

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