Photo of the Week - Cardinal and Blossoms

 

Named after the magnificent clothing of the Roman Catholic cardinals, the northern cardinal is a species that often needs no introduction to even the most novice bird watcher.  

This photograph was made by setting up a blind at a plum tree in my backyard bird studio.  Every year, the birds use this tree to perch in.  It is not uncommon to have cardinals, blue jays, dark-eyed juncos, sparrows, tufted titmice and the ever gregarious Carolina chickadee use this tree as an early spring time perch.

Although both the female and male cardinal are amazing in beauty, the bright red plumage along with the crest and mask, make the male a striking figure indeed. It could be argued that this bird is the most loved bird in America.   In fact, the northern cardinal is the state bird of seven different states in the USA.

It should also be noted that I find the cardinal to be a very mild mannered bird (except during mating season) and so projects a bird that will win hearts across the world and already has done just that.