I selected the Male Cardinal to celebrate Father's Day as he is, by all accounts, one of the better Dads in the Backyard Bird Community. This bright red bird is responsible for more humans noticing birds than any other songbird! There is alot of conversation on why they are red or how they are red. My observations of the birds have shown me that all the males are red and can turn the volume up on the red or tone it down, all in an instant. They win the females by the seed treats they bring to her, not how red they are! The Dads feed the little brown babies and bring them out to the feeding stations when it is time. The young ones get their spotty red feathers in a week. About 3 weeks more they are completely red and masked on the eyes. (Situations vary in different locations). Anyway, here in Texas, we are celebrating the arrival of the second set of nesting babies of 2013! They could have 4 or 5 nestings this year. I have lost count already!
People tend to identify color according to the visible light we see with our human eyes. Other animals/mammels/birds/insects/etc. see different light than we do. Hawks do not see red. Likely this cardinal is blue to them. Your photostudy tonight is the backyard cardinals here on Rainbow Creek with me. Enjoy!
Your Father's Day Surprise Guest is the head injured cardinal from last week. My surprise is that he made it! Yet, here he is scalped, but on the mend and eating.
Relationship with humans
"Why So Red, Mr. Cardinal? NestWatch Explains
The Grassy Knoll feeding station at Kates Cabin
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time! Hope all Dad's had a Great Father's Day.
Hope all Dad's will be Great Dads!
Dare to make a Difference in Your Child's Life!