Feed on

Jon and I spent Thanksgiving with my grandmother in the suburbs of Chicago.  She has several feeders where the birds come and they’re pretty used to people so I got some fantastic shots.  It was better than all my birding in California the last couple of months.  My favorite was the female cardinal.



I was trying so hard to get a picture of the male, and then I realized that the female is much more interesting. The male is all red and that’s it.  Bird Chick has a nice shot up if you’re hankering for a male.  But the female has orange eyebrows,  black near her beak and different shades of brown and red in her wings.  You can see in these pictures that her beak is not straight.




She gives a good staredown.



You can tell when the cardinals are coming because they make a loud chip.  They spent a lot of time in nearby trees, but when the female came to the feeder, she was ready for food.  She fought any other bird that tried to come into the feeder.


This is my feeder!



4 Responses to “Female Northern Cardinal”

  1. Tiffany says:

    She looks so dour face on lol! Great pictures; I love that I can see her orange eyebrow – who would have guessed.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    These are my favorite pics so far. I’m so pleased with them, I might frame the sixth one down.

  3. cindy says:

    Beautiful! Right now we have about 6-8 cardinals that are hanging around the feeders – and there are four females. They have regular face-offs. They definitely run the feeder and the bird bath in the winter. :)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    They’re so tough, and far more aggressive than the males I saw.