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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Some Cardinal Love....

Ahhhh….Ain’t Love Grand….

I love this picture and actually see this happen a bunch of times out my kitchen window. The cardinals give me much entertainment with their antics and personalities. We have had a pretty rough winter this year, something this part of Virginia is not accustom to and that also includes the birds. My feeders are constantly running on empty with me debating whether to tackle the elements to fill them....well the birds win and I bundle up and go forth with seed in hand and caution in my step! I barely make it out the door before the incessant chatter of "WELL IT"S ABOUT TIME" begins and I get dive bombed from eager and impatient residents of my back yard. One cardinal is even so brazen as to peck at my window when the feeders are empty to remind me that I have a job to do and I had better get on it! Entertainment around here is in abundance when I look out my windows and slow down enough to enjoy nature. I have a flock (is it flock?) of wild turkeys parading around out in the snow covered field pecking away for food. I sometimes wonder if they will ever be brave enough to venture into the frenzy of my backyard and deal with the red bombers (cardinals) and grab a nibble or two from the ground. The deer help themselves late at night or early in the morning and the doves are always nestled under the feeders in the daylight waiting for the frenzy to start and the seed to be disbursed…..Winter brings not only the cold but a new found friendship between my feathered friends and my feeders!

13 comments:

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

If ever there was a love story the cardinals are it... they mate for life and during the Spring courting he will feed her and bring her gifts of tender morsels proclaiming his devotion for yet another year...
Keep filling those feeders Pam for there is nothing so soothing as birds at the feeder in the coldness of Winter.
Susan x

Faerie Moon Creations said...

That is the sweetest photo I've ever seen. It has been a rough winter, we are used to it here in New England. Thanks for remembering our woodland friends. And thanks again for sharing this wonderful photo! :) Theresa

Dana said...

We love our cardinals here ... we've had the same pair now for the three winters we've lived in this house and had another pair at our previous house, too. They are so beautiful to watch ... it's so kind of you to brave the elements to make sure they have food during a winter they're not accustomed to!

Have a great day!

Mila said...

The cardinal birds found in North and South America but not in Italy so I can only paint that gorgeous bird...
Hugs,
Mila :)

Sharon said...

So sweet. Just in time for Valentines day. Thanks for sharing.

Tina said...

Love those birdies.
T

jacque4u2c said...

What a great pic! Thanks so much for sharing this for us!

Linda said...

Wonderful, wonderful photo! I love my cardinals too! Technically a group of turkeys is called a rafter or a gang. I prefer gang I think! Wish I had a gang to watch...they are so interesting.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I love, love, LOVE cardinals, we've had the same pair and thier children living with us for several years now! As for being reminded to be fed, our cardinals don't do it so much as our bluebirds, who sit watching the kitchen door for me to bring their mealworms....

~Tonya said...

Love the picture, the story and the new found love between the cardinals and the feeders, Pam!

I use to see a lot of birds (all different sorts) in our area, this year is different. I don't know why. It is still just as cold, not much difference.

I know we do have a problem with coyotes this year. They are hunting closer and closer to homesteads, the snow is too deep and food is scarce.

Take Care and I heard you might get blasted! Stay warm and Safe.

Blessings,
~Tonya

Christine Edwards said...

OMG, that's the sweetest picture ever. I love the cardinals that frequent my feeders. Those boys are such a bright spot on a dreary winter day. I could sit and watch the birds, and squirrels, at the feeders most of the day. :-)

Carole said...

Living in the NW I will never see a cardinal in person, but I love to see photos of them. :-)

cynthialeedesigns said...

What a great photo!! So Sweet!! I have a pair of cardinals that live in my back yard... and it is so easy to spot them now that we have all this snow.