I don’t think I’ve ever shared the story of how I got into birding. Although, it isn’t much of a story, really. About this time last year, between the end of February and beginning of March, I awoke one morning and decided to have coffee outside for a change. The first signs of spring were beginning to emerge, and as I remember, it was quite sunny and just a little bit warm. As I was strolling through the yard with my cup, I happened to look up and see a bright red bird sitting in one of the bare trees. And while I had seen Northern Cardinals before, there was something about that particular bird on that particular morning that was just…perfect. Sublime, even. I felt a big smile spread across my face and said to myself, “I am going to start learning about birds.” And I did.
So, in this post, I thought I’d pay homage to the little red bird who sparked my interest in birdwatching. At present, I know there are at least two males and two female Northern Cardinals who visit my feeder regularly. They also like to perch for long periods on a shepherd’s hook in the garden, where I hang a hummingbird feeder in spring and summer. That always makes for excellent photo opportunities. You’ll notice that most of the photographs in this post were taken on that shepherd’s hook.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Northern Cardinals, they are medium-size song birds who are common throughout much of North America. The male is bright red, and the female is brownish with red accents. They have a bright, beautiful, and distinctive song.