Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cardinals in the snow

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

December 17, 2013

 I am not really much a lover of snow or winter.. But, it is Ok if I do not have to go out and drive in it. I deal with crazy drivers on dry roads every day going to work and they scare me.....So, these same crazy drivers on wet, snowy and icy roads are just plain dangerous.


Our last snow was on Saturday, so I enjoyed watching the birds coming and going at my feeders. There seems to be a feeding frenzy when it snows..They do not have to worry, I have stocked up on the sunflower seeds, suet and peanuts. They will not go hungry around my yard..






In the spring, this Cardinal pair will chase off any other Cardinal that shows up in their yard. But, I think they become nicer during a snowstorm and actually become civil and share the seeds and feeders.

My poor female is not looking happy with this cold weather and snow...I think she is ready for spring just like I am..bring it on.


 I have been seeing the House Sparrows going inside one of my birdhouses. I think they are huddling in the house to keep warm.. We do have protection for the birds from the weather with all the birdhouses, pine trees, shrubs, the wood pile and bushes..
 

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70 comments:

Mia McPherson said...

Eileen,

I don't have Cardinals here and I miss them most around Christmas time so thank you for sharing your images of these wonderful birds!

TexWisGirl said...

the cardinals sure brighten up the landscape!

HansHB said...

A great post, lovely photos.
A lot of details to study!

barbara l. hale said...

Beautiful pictures of the cardinal couple. I think the females are so beautiful with their orange beaks. I do like this time of year but I hear what you're saying about driving in the snow, ice etc.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They are really pretty Eileen!

Barbara F. said...

Eileen, what great shots! I adore cardinals, my favorite wild bird. Don't see too many here anymore. It is a shame. xo

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!!Wonderful pictures!!!Great photography!!The cardinal bird is so preety!!I really like these birds!!!Thank you for sharing!!!Wish you a lovely week!!Hug!
Dimi..

Laura said...

Just beautiful Eileen!

Stephanie said...

They are surely beautiful birds to look at.

NatureFootstep said...

the cardinals look great in the snow.

I´ll ask the Long Tailed Tits if they want to take a trip over to you. :)

Pallavi said...

The cardinals look so beautiful dear Eileen . The female cardinal does look like she is ready for spring just as you are :) have a good week and much love your way.

Terri Buster said...

If I had to pick a bird that personified Christmas- it would be the scarlet red cardinal..they are so beautiful and colorful, especially in the snow.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the cardinals in the snow. I like snow but I don't like dealing with driving in it, particularly when the roads are icy.

Andrea said...

Cardinals and Christmas seem to go hand and hand and then if you add a sprinkle of snow ... well, that is just perfect. I am a lover of the female colors as are other of your followers, but the bold red of that handsome little boy can't be denied. Beautiful pictures, Eileen ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Linda W. said...

Nice photos of the cardinals.

Pat said...

They are beautiful to see!

A Quiet Corner said...

Eileen, I was glad to see your Cardinals...and we, too, have lots of food and protection for them...:)JP

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Your Cardinals are beautiful with the backdrop of snow!! We had more than usual this summer and fall, but you must have them all since I haven't seen the around in the last month or so!!
The snow/cold must be difficult on the birds and those bird legs!!

Karen said...

They are such a treat to see in the winter! Lovely captures Eileen!

genie said...

OMG, Eileen...You all got slammed. I wonder how Chestertown came out. We did not get anywhere near this much of the white stuff. I used to love it because school would be called off and I could stay at home, but now that I am retired and can do without it. The older I get the less I like the extreme cold and the extreme hot. Happy Season. genie

Sandy Carlson said...

I love your cardinal-in-the-snow photo.

I don't love the crazies, either. Oversized-vehicle people have way too much confidence--and momentum.

Beth Edwards said...

gorgeous red. so pretty in the snow. ( :

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Such lovely photos! I especially like the one with the cardinal pair in the branches. You are a kind spirit to take care of the birds in the winter. :-)

The happy wanderer. said...

Cardinals are such striking birds - well, the males are - and seem designed to pose in snow! I hope it's a short winter for your sake, and that the drivers take more care on the roads.

Nancy J said...

Eileen, such lovely photos, specially the one with snow falling. Birds, like all other animals, know where to come for food in the cold. Super Cardinals. Greetings from Jean

Brian King said...

These are gorgeous! The snow is a nice bonus! I'm partial to female Cardinals.

Our photos said...

What a lovely photos of the Cardinals in the snow.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful birds! The male is a handsome devil. Have a great day!

Sue said...

Beautiful photos of some gorgeous cardinals. I love the females with their bright orange lipstick beaks. So very pretty.

And I agree on winter driving. I'm not worried so much about hubby's driving as I am about all the nuts out there that can't seem to slow down.

Have a wonderful day, Eileen.

Jo said...

I always wonder (and worry) about the birds and creatures when it rains so heavily here in Mwadui. But as the rain lets up, we hear the birds chirping again. Resilient to the core. I love the female Cardinal. She is quite striking for a female of the species. I hope you're having a great day. Greetings, Jo

Noushka said...

Ho my goodness, these cardinals are soooo gorgeous!
Wish we had them in France!!!
One day I'll have to come and visit you!! LOL! I wish but I am joking... if we manage to sell our property, our footsteps will lead us to Aussie land!
Great post, Eileen!
Cheers, keep well

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the cardinals in the snow, Eileen.

Bob Bushell said...

They are one of the best species in this world, well photographed.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of the red bird and the snow. A really good contrast.
Have a nice day, Eileen. Best regards, Synnöve

Carole M. said...

....they're so special and great for the camera

Stewart M said...

I wonder how many extra birds make it through the winter because of garden feeder like yours - I suspect its a lot!

Nice pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Joop Zand said...

They are all beautiful Eileen,
love this post again.

Greetings, Joop

Leora said...

Love your beautiful cardinals, Eileen. We have at least two cardinals living in our yard. Yesterday a bunny decided to hang out in our backyard, too. Not sure why he is staying with us.

Montanagirl said...

Eileen, I just love your Cardinal photos! DO send some my way would ya?

daysremembered said...

Your cardinal pictures are wonderful. We had our feeders down for a while, after our last bear intrusion. We put the feeders back up again a couple days ago. The birds haven't found them yet.

Debbie said...

they are always beautiful BUT when you add in snow, it just equals gorgeous!! they are wonderful captures eileen, the birds, the falling snow, the pretty tangled tree branches, all so pretty!!

i had a special visitor yesterday, (the flicker) i am saving those pictures for saturday!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I LOVE the contrast between the red and the snow. It's so lovely isn't it?

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The cardinals are so pretty in the snow! They really brighten up a snowy yard.

Gail Dixon said...

The poor birds in winter...why don't some of them migrate? We have plenty of room here. These cardinals are in good shape considering the conditions they're in. Nice photos!

Pam :) said...

Cardinals in the snow simply scream Christmas time is here.
Beautiful shots, Eileen :)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, So cheery and pretty. Just says Winter charm. The Northern Cardinals are beautiful and especially more so when in snow. Nice pictures and pleasant scenes. By the way, I thought of you when at Paynes Prairie State Park on Monday - saw several Sand Hill Cranes and other birds there. Have a wonderful day today!

Dave said...

AGREED...... Stay in doors and watch the Cardinals.

EG CameraGirl said...

The cardinals are soooo gorgeous in the snow. Very festive, Eileen!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm pretty sure I've told you a million times how much I love cardinals...these pictures remind me of the only way I ever saw them (on Christmas cards) for all the years we lived in the Pacific Northwest.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

So pretty! I think Cardinals look beautiful up against the snow. Makes for a picturesque scene!

Helma said...

This is really wonderful Eileen. We have no cardinals and I find them so beautiful to see. Lovely as you have them photographed classification snow. I really enjoyed it :-)

DeniseinVA said...

Neat photos of all the birds. They are well taken care of in your garden. It must be paradise for them. Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing us a Happy Anniverary Eileen. All I can say is, time flies :)

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots! I love cardinals.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Beautiful bird! I haven't seen any here lately, but I know they are around.

Ela said...

Wonderful pictures in snow.
Your cardinals are gorgeous
Greetings

Betsy Adams said...

I could have written this post since I agree with everything you say… I love snow (wish we'd get a little) --but don't like driving in it… I love and feed the birds --and our Cardinals seem to share things with 'other' Cardinals in winter… Love those birds --especially the males --in winter when it snows… Gorgeous!!!!

Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I'm no fan of snow, either, but I did enjoy your photos. The second one is especially good in my opinion.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Eillen!!!.. Very nice pictures and Merry Christmas ..

Gilligan Maryanne said...

love love love the cardinals!!!!
They are my favorite bird and love seeing them in the snow.

thanks for sharing

Rambling Woods said...

Oh lovely series Eileen... I don't see enough of them here.... Michelle

Red Nomad OZ said...

I guess introducing Cardinals to Australia would be wrong ... but I just LOVE that hit of bright RED!!

Elaine said...

The cardinals really show up in the snow. Too bad we don't get them here. The only birds I've been seeing at my feeders are chickadees. Not sure why the redpolls haven't shown up yet.

Esther Joy said...

Our snow is finally melting, but one of the things I enjoyed during its siege was the brilliant hue of the cardinals against the white backdrop!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Wonderful shot of the CardinLs in the snow.

SquirrelQueen said...

I always enjoy seeing cardinals since I have never seen them in the area where we live now. They are beautiful against the snow.

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Oh I love these birds, and their colors! Gorgeous shots!!!

Liz said...

Cardinals are so lovely! I wish we had them here in Aus!!

Betty Manousos said...

fantastic captures of the cardinals in the snow!
such lovely scenes.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I am enjoying your MISSUS cardinal and she only comes infrequently here and I can't get a decent picture of her for the life of me

( Yet, at least : )

michaelswoodcraft said...

The red cardnials are a really beautiful bird! The male really stands out in the snow! Great shots!

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