Every spring we are inundated with Cardinals... the flashy males and the much more subdued females. The ladies have an advantage, I think, when it comes to safety. The only Cardinal our cat Jack ever caught was a big, brilliant male- and it broke my heart. After that, Jack was fitted with a collar and bell (too bad if he hated it), and the birds were if not safe, at least forewarned of his approach.
It's hard to comprehend the color of a Cardinal when you see it still and up close. How can anything in nature be that intense a color? And is it possible for anything to be as beautiful as that deep scarlet red against a background of snow?
It's something for us to look forward to in just a few months time...
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