Backyard, NJ

Spring, 2013


Backyard, NJ


Spring, 2013


Juvenile female with black beak instead of orange!

Jugtown Mountain, NJ

Summer 2012


Female Northern cardinals: 2013 update: SUPER HARD TO PHOTOGRAPH!

I have two pair of cardinals that i saw over the summer. However, they positively refused, to come down as a pair at any time. at most i had two males at once… however in the last nine months i got off a few good shots… so ladies and gentlemen, i give you, the fruits of my vigilance…. (and learning what their calls are..)

The female northern cardinal:

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I had a surprisingly difficult time with these guys as well, much like the blue jays. However, this year with Chez Avian fully rocking and rolling in the denser part of the yard, i see them often now. And i am glad. 🙂 I hjave only seen the female a few times though, and never long enough to get a good picture.

Typical Voice
  • Size & Shape

    The Northern Cardinal is a fairly large, long-tailed songbird with a short, very thick bill and a prominent crest. Cardinals often sit with a hunched-over posture and with the tail pointed straight down.

  • Color Pattern

    Male cardinals are brilliant red all over, with a reddish bill and black face immediately around the bill. Females are pale brown overall with warm reddish tinges in the wings, tail, and crest. They have the same black face and red-orange bill.

  • Behavior

    Northern Cardinals tend to sit low in shrubs and trees or forage on or near the ground, often in pairs. They are common at bird feeders but may be inconspicuous away from them, at least until you learn their loud, metallic chip note.

  • Habitat

    Look for Northern Cardinals in inhabited areas such as backyards, parks, woodlots, and shrubby forest edges. Northern Cardinals nest in dense tangles of shrubs and vines.

  • Voice