|Cardinal at the Inn, Winter 2011|
The Northern Cardinal doesn't migrate and is therefore a year-round resident at the Inn on Mill Creek. And if you live in the eastern United States, chances are likely that cardinals visit your backyard, too. They are a welcome sight in the wintertime, that's for sure! Even the other birds seems to think so...
|Female cardinal hanging out with other birds at the Inn|
Male Northern Cardinals are bright red and the females are brown with red accents. The males and females have reddish-orange beaks and black highlights on their faces. Our favorite thing about cardinals is that they look like they have mohawks.
|Northern Cardinal at the Inn, Spring|
Cardinals tend to lay low, hiding out in shrubs at the Inn around the birdfeeders. They love sunflower seeds and will hop around under the feeders picking up every last one. One year, we got to watch a father cardinal teaching his brood how to find seeds. One of the youngsters did not want to learn and just kept chirping until dad finally gave up and fed the young one himself.
|Apologies for the blurry shot - we took it through the Great Room window|
|Male Northern Cardinal at the Inn, August 2012|