In 2022, I had my first singing cardinal on January 18.
In 2021, it was February 10. Of course, a cardinal will occasionally sing once or twice before that. But, generally cardinals stop singing for many months starting in July after their chicks have fledged. In mid-winter, it is time to rev back up with their cheer, cheer, cheer, birdee, birdee, birdee.
The whole group heard several ecstatic outbursts this morning at Downsview Park. Interestingly, female cardinals also sing – not the norm in bird species.
With rain in the forecast, I did not bring my long lens and missed close-ups of American Kestrel and Common Raven.
Fortunately, group member Jim Crummey did bring a long lens and sent me these.
Definitely a series to be shared! 😁
How beautiful is the cardinal
Who brings us love in winter!
His red shines brightly in our hearts
And we never need to squinter. – Karen Eckert