Cardinals – Spots of Red in the White Snow

cardinal 1We have had so many cardinals at our house recently that I decided to try to find some facts about them.  I’m in Texas and we have had two solid weeks of sleet, ice, and snow so we have been filling up three bird feeders and enjoying the birds – lots of doves and cardinals.

I wondered why all the cardinals (also called “red birds”) are still here and not down in South Texas.  I found they don’t migrate.  My husband had been telling me only the males are that bright-beautiful red color.

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As I compared pictures, I noticed each one of these males had a little different black around their faces. He brought a bird book into the kitchen today as we were watching and

My husband went to the bookcase and brought a bird book into the kitchen today as we were watching, and yep he was right.

We also realized the ones we thought were new, younger males are really the females – they are a much tan/gray color.

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The younger ones don’t have the colored beaks.  They are the only one with a crest in the United States.

Cardinals are the only one with a crest in the United States so, for me, it’s a give away when I see that crest.

As we watched out the kitchen window we saw at least four bright red ones and two of the tan/gray colored ones so looks like we’ll have many more in the years to come to enjoy.

Last week when it snowed, I would stand my grandson on the kitchen counter top and he would squeal and wave his little hands each time one of the bright red males flew in.  We had to be careful because they are spooky and fly off.

It appears the male birds like many others, feed and help take care of their mate during mating season.  They usually have about three to six eggs.  I love this because next year we’ll have babies.  Wish I could spot a nest and watch them hatch.

In National Geographic I found that “their average life span is 15 years, they are 8-9 inches, they weigh 1.5 to 1.8 oz., and unlike many songbirds both male and female sing, and the female often vocalizes from her nest.”

In Birdhouses101 I found something very interesting I loved.  They “eat 51 kinds of beetles, four types of grasshoppers, termites, ants, flies, dragonflies and 12 kinds of homoptera which includes leaf hoppers, cicadas and aphids.”  Oh yea, red birds come eat those grasshoppers, termites, flies and ants, but PLEASE leave my dragonflies alone.

I also read today they are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.  Who would want to kill one?

And here is a picture of two that were on the other side of the driveway so hard to shoot under some trees, but they appear to be male and female mates.  Sooooo stinkin’ cute.


SLOW DOWN and catch a glimpse of a beautiful cardinal!  Thanking God for these moments these past two weeks and so many, many more.

65 thoughts on “Cardinals – Spots of Red in the White Snow”

  1. Oh those are such beautiful pictures and truly beautiful birds!! I love that we have such a glorious bright and beautiful part of winter we can spot and enjoy!! Thanks for sharing all those neat facts about them! I’ll be keeping my eyes out more now, thanks to you!


  2. Does it usually snow in North Texas? It’s been unusually cold I know in many parts of the country. Great pics. Makes me want spring even more. We just got dumped with a foot of snow yesterday but hopefully the last one of the season.
    Angela @ Stepping into Motherhood


    1. My dad would love these pictures. He really loves cardinals, including the St. Louis variety – haha. Thank you for sharing your truly beautiful pictures; a bright red cardinal in the snow is one of the most gorgeous images ever.


  3. Lovely photos! I enjoy the cardinals that I see and hear when I am in our backyard. I truly enjoy the song of the cardinal, and will look for the singer. Often the male is at the top of a tree. I’m visiting from Grace and Truth.


  4. Wow – Very very pretty pics of these birds… this certainly reminds me of growing up in New Jersey, where we had Cardinals, Blue Jays, Sparrows, and oh so many more – these are so pretty – you really captured their beauty!


  5. Cardinals are my favorite and they are national bird of my state, Indiana. They are even more gorgeous against the white snow. Great photos! Thanks for linking up at Thursday Favorite Things, please visit us again next week!


  6. Thank you for your great photos and all the facts. I don’t get to see cardinals around my home (west coast) but when we go to visit my daughter in Pennsylvania I usually get to spot a couple of them. Watching those beautiful red birds just makes my heart sing. I found your post on Faithful Friday link. I’ll be following you, I really like your style. One little hint – you had repeating sentences in your post – between your photos in that little paragraph, and then at the start of the last paragraphs after your photos. No biggie of course, I just thought you might like to watch out for those. Blessings!


  7. I love your pictures! We have a pair living in our backyard, but I haven’t been able to catch them on camera. Thanks for the information. Such intriguing birds.


    1. It took us a bit to get pictures. They are spooky. I walk up to a door slowly and if I am doing it through my kitchen window like most of these my husband told me to make sure the kitchen light is out so they don’t see us so well. It worked.


  8. Great pictures! I love Cardinals! They have always been my favorite to spot. My mom loves bird watching and feeding the birds. If you walk out onto the back porch at my parents house at the right time, it might look like a bird sanctuary! 🙂


  9. I so enjoyed coming to your house today from Spiritual Sundays. Even here in Florida we have cardinals. Go Cardinals (and I’m not talking about that St Louis type baseball thingy). Blessings ~ Chris


  10. I love the cardinals and we have so many hear in the East (Rhode Island!) – I put black Sunflower seeds out all winter for the birds but wish we could keep water for them as well. I really love the female colors, and we have about 4 couples that are regular. Whenever we spot the male we know the female counterpart is close by and vice versa! Hard to believe they live 15 years! Lovely post, I am after you at the 5MFF link up. Love the birds- they bless so, with little lessons from God. Thanks for sharing.


  11. Beautiful pictures. I love cardinals. We see them out our back windows. Blue jays too. They add such a great touch of colour when you’re getting tired of winter.


  12. What beautiful photos and great reminders to take a pause to appreciate nature’s beauty! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend.

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  13. I do adore cardinals. They are so beautiful! One year, we had a cardinal nest in a tree near our back door. We got on a ladder and could see the eggs, and eventually the little babies. I was amazed at how quickly they left the nest. And we never saw the cardinals use that nest again. I suppose we were too close for their comfort!
    (Visiting from #RaRaLinkUp)


  14. I love the cardinals that visit my yard! There were at least 8 cardinals at my feeders last week. What I find kind of cute is that the female has a more pointy head then the male and that if actually observed the male feeding the female. So cute!


  15. What an interesting post. My grandson and I both enjoy watching the birds that visit in our part of Texas. Our favorite are some ladder-back woodpeckers. Thanks for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival. Blessings!


  16. What beautiful birds and the red is so lovely and bright. We have blue wrens in Australia and the males are the ones that have blue on them the females are just brown. They are the same shape but different colour. Isn’t Gods creation just wonderful and awesome. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  17. Your images are stunning! We do not have Cardinals here so seeing your photos is a sweet blessing 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration – I truly appreciate you linking up. Hugs!

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  18. I think cardinals are really interesting birds. We have several that live at my mom’s home and the females are brown and the males are red. I loved your photos! Thank you for sharing at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I look forward to reading what you share this week! 🙂

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