Weekend Birding: Juvenile Northern Cardinal
One of my favorite backyard birds is the Northern Cardinal. Two pairs regularly visit my backyard feeders and I have been waiting all summer to see a baby cardinal.
This week I finally saw a young cardinal at the feeder with his parents. They were showing him the sunflower seeds. They arrived just after sunset and it was too dark for a photo. Today he showed up again and was eating seeds from the ground under the feeder.
This is a young male, the equivalent of a teenager. He is just starting to grow his bright red feathers and soon his bill will transition to the familiar orange that distinguishes cardinals.
I will be bird watching out in a prairie today. It’s migration season and I hope to see a lot of birds not normally found in Illinois as they pass through on their journey south.
I’ll be stopping by to visit everyone’s photos later today.
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