The cardinal also known as “redbirds” is my state bird. They were the mascot for our high school growing up, so I’ve always had an infinity toward them. My backyard is full of them and as you can see they eat well. The males are red with black back/tail feathers and are a standout anytime of the year, but breathtaking during the winter months against the snow. During mating season, the brighter the better to the female cardinals.
The females have some red, but are mostly tan and gray. They sing outside my bedroom window in the morning. They are known to have up to 12 different songs. While watching them, I’ve found them to be quite sociable. They wait their turn at the feeder and interact well with other species. They love mixed birdseed as well as the black oil sunflower seeds. They also eat fruit, insects and sap from the trees. I have yet to see them eat from the suet feeder. The male is a gentleman. The majority of the time he will perch on a branch while the female eats and than he takes his turn.