The Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is a very recognizable red bird prominent in the eastern part of the United States. It also has an extremely boring scientific name. What’s up with that?
The male Northern Cardinal sports the red color most people associate with the species, while the female is more of a brown shade.
It’s a backyard bird for certain, so you may catch a glimpse of the Northern Cardinal at feeders or tress in suburban areas. I haven’t seen many cardinal species during my trail walks, but I wouldn’t rule out running across one. The photo above was taken just outside my front door.
I haven’t seen any a
Cardinals at my bird feeder this winter! Is something wrong?
Another important thing to note is how much of the seed you are giving is actually just filler. Many less expensive feeds use a lot of filler, which the birds don’t generally eat and are basically a waste of money and can make a mess in your yard. Filler seeds include milo, sorghum, red millet and golden millet. Birds will push through these fillers to get the food they want, so it is more financially sound to choose one that is higher quality.’
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