Monday, February 11, 2013

College of Cardinals

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Most winters, we have two pairs of cardinals at the feeders. This winter, we have a whole flock: at least five males and six females are here every day. I can identify our alpha pair, whose breeding territory includes the hedgerow and deck area. The others seem to be mostly singles.

This is the only sort of cardinals' conclave that is worthy of our attention and interest.

Here’s a series of photos taken during the stormy weekend.



Yawning.



Yes, the scarlet males are fabulous. But the femal is elegant.







 This male cardinal was clinging to this branch as high winds tossed it about:





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