Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cardinal Action

I walked through this alley earlier this evening, and heard the short, high-pitched chirp that I recognize as Cardinalis cardinalis. I got the pics of mom on the way out, and the pic of dad plus the movie on the way back. These birds are very shy. It turns out there were some fledglings about, which is why I was able to get these pictures.






~

17 comments:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

There's been a male cardinal loitering about the zombie backyard of late.

They are very shy.

Smut Clyde said...

Is there a bird called the Ordinal?

Another Kiwi said...

There's a type of Kiwi called the Urinal, I think. Some one might have been taking the piss, there.

Randal Graves said...

You lucky bird dog. All we get are the occasional robin, and vultures gnawing on the flesh of our vanquished enemies.

Jennifer said...

We have a mated pair that hang out in our yard year after year. They love the bush right outside the window by my computer so I get to see them up close and personal when they don't know any better. :)

Yes, I'm a cardinal voyeur.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I can't answer that question without getting irrational, S.C.

But there was, apparently, A Mega-Wombat.
~

Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

The movie was too short! But it was loverly none the less. Gracias dude.

vacuumslayer said...

These sweet pictures belie the ugliness of the institutional ignorance of the abuse of the younger birds by these cardinals. Peddle your apologist cardinal propaganda elsewhere.

Dusty,Hells most vocal Bitch said...

Ding, ding ding, we have a winner..VS has the best comment on this thread..I just spit cherry pie all over my friggin 'puter screen.

Yes, my happy ass is having a piece of cherry pie for breakfast, here on the left coast.

mikey said...

I don't have much for birds around this neighborhood.

Just the extended family of jet black squirrels.

Oh. And an Ocelot...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Speaking of squirrels, when I was looking up the species name for the Cardinal I noticed that the gray squirrel was listed as a predator.

zrm might be interested! (or at least amused):

In the UK, if a "grey squirrel" (eastern gray squirrel) is trapped, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to release it or to allow it to escape into the wild; instead they should be humanely destroyed.
~

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

doesn't apply to me, obviously.

mikey said...

I don't think these little black squirrels are much in the way of predators - Oh, it would not surprise me if they picked off the occasional insect or egg or even baby bird - but they are very much lower on the food chain than, say, the Ocelot...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Did somebody say Ocelot?
~

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I don't think these little black squirrels are much in the way of predators

those gray fuckers up here develop a taste for house...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Yesterday, I saw a mockingbird mercilessly dive-bombing a hapless jogger while walking down Van Cortlandt Park East in the Bronx.

Another Kiwi said...

Jebus I bet it was bieng all mocking:
"You call that jogging? My old gran does faster than that when she's going to get her zimmer oiled!"