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Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Vatican of Northern Cardinals

A group of Cardinals can also be called: College, Concave, Deck, and Radiance....of Cardinals. I like using "A Vatican of Cardinals" because the early settlers named this bird after the red robes of the Cardinals in the Catholic Church. 

Northern Cardinals are in the Finch family along with the Grosbeaks which they share a heavy bill. This allows them to crack open tough seeds such as the grey striped sunflower.... 



Tip: They will also eat dried Black-eyed Peas!

Juveniles look much like females but with a very dark bill. 
I feel the female has her own very special beauty.
She is lovely in the snow.
The brighter the male the more likely he will have success at feeding and breeding.

"Cardinals brighten the environment. They catch the eye and add color to our lives. When they appear as a totem, they do so to remind us to become like them. Add color to your life, and remember that everything you do is of importance." Source: Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews

Wishing Peace, Love, Health, and Wealth to ALL! 

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