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Stare Down ~ Day 106

Captured this beautiful red male Cardinal at my deck feeder. He decided to stop eating for a minute and look at the camera. A rare shot for sure. They are usually camera shy.

©CarolDM 2018

I love watching the birds come to my deck feeder. During the winter you never know what birds will show up. The cardinals were a daily visitor this winter. They love the black oil sunflower seeds. So every day I would go out, sometimes twice a day and refill the feeder. And I had to keep plenty of fresh water in the bird bath. Then others birds would come for a visit, but never enough time to get the camera to get a photo of all of them. I was lucky to catch this shot, he was looking right at me. I had the tripod setup from inside, behind the glass patio doors. So cool to see these wild birds so close. I have read that if you feed the birds through the winter they will usually return in the spring and raise their family. I hope this is this case. Would be cool to see baby cardinals.

I am continuing with the 365 Photos Challenge and I am now on Day 106.


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Written by Carol DM

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    • One of our most popular birds, the Cardinal is the official state bird of no fewer than seven eastern states. Abundant in the Southeast, it has been extending its range northward for decades, and it now brightens winter days with its color and its whistled song as far north as southeastern Canada. Feeders stocked with sunflower seeds may have aided its northward spread. West of the Great Plains, the Cardinal is mostly absent, but it is locally common in the desert Southwest.

    • They always come during the winter for the sunflower seeds. I hope they will return soon. They are gorgeous birds. My Dad and I always talked about them, he had what he called red birds (cardinals) and I had bluebirds.Good memories.

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