Signs of Spring

Trying to get the female cardinal to take notice

It’s spring, time to get the female cardinal to take notice

The male cardinal fanning his tail feathers

First a little singing, then fanning the tail feathers

The attentive female cardinal

The attentive female cardinal takes it all in

There are a few scattered piles of unmelted snow in the dark corners of my backyard, but some telltale signs of spring have come. The daffodils started poking out of the ground and, a few days ago, the spring peepers began calling from the boggy area down the road. I thought the birds would still be waiting for warmer weather, but the cardinals have already abandoned all thoughts of winter and progressed straight into the spring mating season.

I heard the male cardinal tweeting repeatedly the other day, so much so that I stopped what I was doing to look outside. From the top of a small tree, the male cardinal was loudly carrying on. The reason for all the ruckus? A female cardinal was perched nearby in an adjacent tree. After he finished his serenade, he flew over closer to the female and began chipping and strutting about, fanning his tail feathers and putting on quite a show. She played cool though, sitting very still and seemingly not giving him a glance. Today, I noticed the cardinal pair checking out the site of last year’s nest, so I suppose his display won her over. Spring is here!

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11 responses to “Signs of Spring

  1. Nina Whitehurst

    How do you get this all done before work???

  2. Wonderful! I wish we had these beauties out here.

  3. Such a beautiful bird! I wish we had them around Idaho. It’s that type of color I’m missing these days and I’m grateful you shared these pictures. Thank you!

  4. LOVE these birds… Such wonderful shots of them!

  5. Beautiful birds, I already miss the spring. Regards

  6. How wonderful! The cardinals should have some sweet baby birds one of these days soon, if she was attentive to his calls. Great pictures!

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