March 01, 2009

Invasion



I took this photo this morning of the shed area in my back yard. If you click on the picture, you can see that there are six, count 'em six, male cardinals in the area of the feeder. There is one in the feeder, one on the fence under the feeder, one in the bottom of the shrub to the right of the shed and three in the tree to right of the shed. There's a female in the snow below the feeder.

Male cardinals are very territorial and you rarely if ever see even two near each other, let alone 6. The take turns chasing each other out of the feeder as there is never more than one male in the feeder at a time.

Enjoy.

Note: Barb's son pointed out that I missed a pretty lady on the fence. Thanks Little Brother!

8 comments:

TSannie said...

Wow! Great photo, considering they don't really like each other.

Is that snow headed our way??

Mental P Mama said...

They are beautiful.

Shauna said...

I am new here! What a great blog :)

Barb, sfo said...

I just showed Little Brother this picture. He found another female cardinal right along the top line of the fence.

Mrs. Cardinal is here this morning, but without her Mister.

Ellen said...

Welcome Shauna. Thanks for you kind words.

Barb - I thought there was another female when I took the picture, but I forgot to look for her when I posted the picture. Tell LIttle Brother thanks for pointing her out to me.

Country Girl said...

Wow! Nice backyard, Ellen. It's snowing like crazy here and beginning to blow.

Living on the Spit said...

Great snowy photo!!! I have a thing with snow, but you already knew that...


Um, really want that shed for my sewing hut.

Barb, sfo said...

Little Brother had a great time finding all the cardinals. Actually yesterday he's the one who spotted the red-bellied woodpecker at our feeder. I think Little Brother would be a good bird watcher if he could ever learn to sit still!