Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Specks of Red in the Woods

I am so thankful for our Northern Cardinals.
Is it any wonder that it is Ohio's state Bird?
Well all right it is six other states State Bird also,
but come on the male Cardinal with his bright feathers
adds splashes of red to the woods and gardens.
It is especially welcome on the dreary, cold days of

On snowy days they are like red flowers amongst
the branches of white.

It is one of our most common birds, and a species that
everyone is familiar with.

The females are mixed with a duller red and

brown mixed into their feathers.

Northern Cardinals sing throughout the year their
cheery songs. This is one of the few species in which
the females can and do sing on occasion.

The male birds are more colorful and can sing!
Somehow that is just not fair at all.

Female Cardinal

Male Cardinal


Jan said...

Cardinals may be a common bird, but they are one of my favorites esp. in the winter time. You have some wonderful photos of these bright red birds in the snow.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

The cardinal perched on the snowy branch looks like a Christmas card. How wonderful that you get to see these bright and colorful birds all year round. We do get Stellar Jays, they are bright blue, but rare in the city.


Anna/Flowergardengirl said...

I'm tired and your music is so soothing especially today. Thank you. Nothing like a cardinal in the snow. Very nice pics.

siskelkk said...

How absolutely beautiful!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Jan & Anna cardinals are very common and like you, in the snow they make a beautiful sight.Thank you for the comments girls.

Jen; We have a few blue jays here also. They are pretty too but ornery.:) Thank you for the comments.

siskelkk; Thank you for dropping by and the comment.

Anonymous said...

Love your Christmas header and music...so festive!

Debbies Doodle said...

Beautiful... great shots.. deb

spookydragonfly said...

Looks like you're in a winter wonderland, too! Love your close-up of the cardinal! Brace yourself for the weekend snow, huh? I like your Christmas header!

Thanks For 2 Day said...

I am so glad I stopped by! I've enjoyed my visit, loved your photos and this one is so pretty with the snow--and of course the red cardinal. They are plentiful here also, and I love them. I even got inspired to put some music on my blog and downloaded a playlist and put a song on mine that I heard from you...so thanks for the inspiration!
Take care, Jan

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Jan: Thanks for dropping by.Glad you enjoyed the visit. Sometimes the music is good, other days maybe I do not want to hear it and turn it off.

Deb: Thanks for dropping by.

Spookydragonfly: Looks like we are going to have a snowy winter.I bet the pond is so pretty with snow around it.

Stuart said...

I was wondering on whose blog I would see my first red cardinal. These are just so incredible against the white snow.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Thanks for stopping by Stuart. Your doing a great job at Blotanical.

Ilona said...

You captured some gorgeous pictures. I love the color combinations andthe way you caught the cardinal's personality-especially in that last photo.