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Monday, March 23, 2009

Courting Cardinals

Spring is so wonderful! The birds are very active, singing their best songs and trying to show off. We have a pair of Cardinals we have been watching for a while. The male is trying very hard to become the suitor for the female.

This is about as close as he has come to the female before she flies away. She is in the upper right corner, trying to look nonchalant.

He is in the lower left corner, trying to look beautiful.




I think he is quite handsome.


She seems less impressed.



She looks at me as if to say, "Lady, this is none of your business."


Much as I love the bird activity, there is one thing I love even better about spring. The days are getting longer by minutes rather than milliseconds. Oh, it does a body good!

26 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful, Carolyn.. They are some of my fav's. On Saturday, when I was outside working in the yard, a couple of MALES were above my head "Chipping"... Then I saw them both again yesterday. I don't know which of them will 'win' the lady!!!!

This morning a male Towhee was outside my computer room window singing "Drink Your Teeeeeehhheehheee". Do you have Towhees?

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Dog_geek said...

Nice cardinal photos! I'm totally loving the lengthening of the days - whee!

Thistlebrooms said...

I just Love listening to them 'chirp' before the Sun comes up...Their usually so cautious of their surroundings they leave on a moments notice...(To another branch and watch me from there!!!) Never too far from the Bird Feeder!!!

Lovely Photo's Carolyn...
My Best...Marilyn

Cedar ... said...

Love your photo captions! Wonder how that saga turned out?

Cedar ... said...

Love your photo captions! Wonder how that saga turned out?

Cheryl said...

Hi Carolyn....you are so clever with your words, they fit the photographs perfectly....

The cardinals are so beautiful....and I love Mrs Cardinal....I like her style.....

Like you the longer days are a delight....we must enjoy them......they seem to pass too quickly these days!!

KGMom said...

Mrs. Cardinal has that "do you mind?" look on her face.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

These are so breathtaking. I feel Spring now that I have visited you and seen all of this beauty....m..

TheWritersPorch said...

They are gorgeous Carolyn! We have about four pairs that come out back to the feeders every evening as the sun goes down and I love to sit and watch them!
Carol

Shellmo said...

LOL at your beautiful cardinal couple! I think that female is playing hard to get!

Bird Girl said...

Beautiful post, Carolyn - and you're right - he doesn't have to try at all to be gorgeous! And she must be making him work hard ;-)

Tina said...

Carolyn,
He is most definitely a handsome guy. He will win in the end..she will be la la for him!! lol

mon@rch said...

my cardinals have really been singing up a storm also! Love these photos!

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Great photos of the cardinals! And I'm like you, I love the longer days now (still trying to adjust to the morning hours though...may never!)

~Beth

grammy said...

I think I am becoming a bird watcher (o: Love seeing them on your blog anyway.

Leedra said...

They are beautiful. You really captured their personilities.

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Jayne said...

The longer days are a balm to my soul as well Carolyn. I love that even in the dark mornings now, there is a hint of the sunrise on the horizon. Soon, we'll be still outside at 9PM! :c)

Ruth said...

Cardinals make such a lovely show in the spring. I hope they will nest in our yard again this year, although last year's nest blew down in the winter.

troutbirder said...

Don't give up hope Mr. Cardinal. She just likes to tease.

Cicero Sings said...

I too LOVE the longer days. It is always a toss up as to which season I like best, spring or fall. Fall has one thing going against it and that is the shortening days.

We saw a flock of robins, for the first time, on Sunday.

Coffee with Cathy said...

I saw two male robins duking it out this morning -- I'm sure the object of their affections was nearby watching. Ah, love!

Karen said...

The last photo and your caption made me laugh. I'm enjoying the longer days as well. :)

caboval said...

Wow! What beautiful birds!! We really enjoy your pictures! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Van said...

Yes - longer days. I'm with you!

Donna said...

Your cardinal pictures are beautiful! I love watching them.

I'm also lovin' the longer days with more daylight!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for commenting, everyone.

Betsy - Yes, we do have Towhees. We have one that comes on the deck every afternoon about the same time. I love hearing his song.

Cedar - I suspect she finally gave him approval.

Van - Thanks for dropping by.