Cardinals at Bird Feeder

cardinal in bird feeder
When I remember to fill my bird feeder (and I’ve been fairly good about that task lately) and it’s cold outside, the birds tend to come. Mostly we get cardinals and sparrows.

cardinal eats seed - sunflower seeds
The cardinal seems to enjoy the black oil sunflower seeds that I put in the feeder.

cardinal twists
Here is the cardinal doing a twist at the feeder.

female cardinal and a sparrow
A romantic might say he is twisting about so as to see the brown female cardinal in the tree. But I and the sparrow doubt it.

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16 thoughts on “Cardinals at Bird Feeder

  • LOL, love it, “I and the sparrow doubt it”.

    Cardinals are a joy to watch. I do miss their antics. We don’t have them in SoCA.

    Happy New Year!

  • Hi Leora, it is cute to think the male turning his head to check out the female. They are pretty birds. Thanks for sharing. I wish you all the best in 2013, Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • That is a lovely pair of cardinals you have there Leora. And I am so happy that they have some sunflower seeds to eat at your house. He has to twist around like that because he doesn’t have the mobility in his neck that the house sparrows have. Maybe he was saying, “Hey aren’t I handsome?”. Lovely color and I want to wish you and your family a very Happy and Healthy 2013… Michelle

    • Ah, that’s fascinating about his neck. Yes, “aren’t I handsome” sounds more like it for my self-centered cardinal. He spends more time at the feeder than his “woman” – you would think he might encourage her to have a turn. I’ve never seen her at the feeder.

      • Cardinals can be picky about their feeders because of their necks they like to stand facing the feeder like on a platform feeder so I am thrilled that he is willing to use your feeder. Cardinals are the earliest risers and last birds at the feeder, so the female may be there when you don’t see her as they are very shy usually…

      • Ooops, I cleaned my feeder last night and it is still empty by my kitchen sink … excuse me while I feed da birds …

      • Leora..clean it in a wash tub sink or something as it can contain germs from bird feces. You can use a tiny amount of vinegar or bleach to disinfect it.

  • I came by to say thank you for getting me set for the online course.

    Speaking of male cardinals, quite often they chew and bring some of the food from the feeders back to their young. Or, they put it in the mouths of the female, so she can feed the young. It’s quite interesting to watch.

    • Lorri,

      Thank you for taking the course! I’m quite pleased to tell my colleagues at the Bildner Center that so many of my friends took an interest in the course.

      As for the male cardinal, I’ll keep an eye on him and see if I can spot him feeding his woman friend.

  • Another important thing to note is how much of the seed you are giving is actually just filler. Many less expensive feeds use a lot of filler, which the birds don’t generally eat and are basically a waste of money and can make a mess in your yard. Filler seeds include milo, sorghum, red millet and golden millet. Birds will push through these fillers to get the food they want, so it is more financially sound to choose one that is higher quality.-

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