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Monday, March 12, 2012

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

 First signs of Spring in my garden

There is a Cardinal family living in  my back yard. They made a nice living quarters in a big bush and live there all year long. Males  are all red with a touch of black  around their face. Females aren't as showy. They are light brownish.  They mate for life and they are always around each other. When you see a red male, there will be a female somewhere nearby. Their song is very unusual especially during  mating season. They are very protective of their nest and brood. We've seen them flying furiously in circles to chase away the other birds if they're too close to their nests.  
That must be the papa Cardinal on the branch  taking a rest from the hustle and bustle of the nest life ....

16 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

We have no birds here anything like as bright as your cardinal. My crocus still have no buds, I hope they eventually do something. I thought all my daffodils had rotted in the wet soil but I see I have 3 in bud :) Diane

Kay G. said...

The male will actually feed the female during Spring. That is such a lovely thing to see.
Also, a juvenile male cardinal will not be totally red yet and will have a brown bill at first, and then will turn orange.
We love our birds! Look at my post today!
Love,
Kay

Librarian said...

What nice pictures - the Cardinal makes such a splash of colour in front of the greyish house!

Al Cuoco! said...

Ciao!! paraphrasing a famous song “spring is in the air - everywhere I look around - Spring is in the air - every sight and every sound ..” :D
I love this period of the year!!! take care :)

sonia said...

Love cardinals! Those boy birds sure are fancy...

MARCO PASHA said...

Good Morning Diane, this year Europe went through a very rough winter. Poor plants may have been confused but with a little sun they'll perk up and you'll have a plentiful garden. Have a great day.

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Kay, thank you for the info. I didn't know that. I'm checking out your post. Have a great day

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Librarian, thank you for your comment. I thought the contrast showed the beautiful color of the bird.

MARCO PASHA said...

Good Morning Al Cuoco, I love that song thank you for reminding me. Have a great day.

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Sonia good to hear from you. Thanks you for stopping by.

Gio said...

Cardinal a wonderful bird!
lucky you to have such a happy birds family colouring your garden :)

Walkiria said...

Aahaaaaaaaaaahhhh, I so love cardinals, I am so lucky to to have them here in my property, But i haven;t been that lucky like you that you got a pictures of them, They fly so fast when some one get closet o the tree. Jejeje
Thanks for your visit to my blog, I answered your comment in there.
Hugs and blessings my dear

Te de Ternura said...

No hi a res mes bonic que sentir els ocells de bon matí i veure com es posen en els arbres fent piruetas..
La PRIMAVERA es el RENAIXEMENT del COR.
UNA ABRAÇADA :)

MARCO PASHA said...

Good Morning Walkria, yes they are very sensitive, that's why I took this picture from inside my window

MARCO PASHA said...

Hello Gio, yes I wish I had more colorful ones like I used to get

MARCO PASHA said...

Te De Ternura, thank you you're sweet