The male Northern Cardinal, like this one seen enjoying a snack at a Richmond Hill backyard bird feeder is credited by some as perhaps being the bird for getting more people into bird-watching than any other bird.
The males with their bright red feathers are easy to spot, even the more muted female features a sharp crest with red accents. According to www.allaboutbirds.org, cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.
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