Northern Cardinals

The bright red Northern Cardinal is a frequent visitor that prefers black oil sunflower seeds on April 20, 2013
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“A familiar backyard bird. look for the male feeding female during courtship.  Male feeds young of the first brood by himself while female builds second nest.  The name comes from the Latin word cardinalis, which means “important.”  Very territorial in spring, it will fight its own reflection in a window. Non-territorial during winter, gathering in small flocks of up to 20 birds.  Both the male and female sing and can be heard anytime of year. Listen for its “whata-cheer-cheer-cheer” territorial call in the spring.”  Birds of Michigan –  by Stan Tekiela

 

birds of MichiganStan Tekiela’s field guide to Birds of Michigan is our number one recommended first field guide. It is an easy to use field guide that features 112 common Michigan birds.  It is organized by color and size so identifying the visiting bird at your feeder is quick. Female and male birds are often different coloring and can be confusing. If the female is different from the male,  Stan Tekiela lists them separately by color.  Available for $12.95.

 

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