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!