Photographic Cardinals at Humber Bay: October 5, 2021

While certainly one of our most beautiful birds, Cardinals are very difficult to photograph during the breeding season. They try to stay out of sight except around feeding stations. I’m not sure why this is but, come fall, they often come to strike glorious poses very near to us. Several did exactly this today at Humber Bay.

Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Northern Cardinal (juvenile)
Northern Cardinal (male)

Other birds:

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ring-billed Gull
Swamp Sparrow
American Wigeon
Double-crested Cormorant
Mute Swan
Double-crested Cormorants
Double-crested Cormorants with Great Blue Heron
Common Merganser (female)
Gadwall (male)
Herring Gull (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant
Herring Gull (juvenile) with Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant with fish
Great Blue Heron
Mallards
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Gadwall (male)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wood Duck (female)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Gadwall (male)
Wood Duck (male)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Hooded Mergansers
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Gray Catbird
Common Merganser (female)

10 am group:

NATURE POETRY

The ancient spiders with a flutter spread
Their misty marvels through the withered flowers,
The windows, by the moonlight pierced, would shed
Their trembling garlands pale across the bowers.       – Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881–1958)

Miles Hearn

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