01 January, 2010

Northern Cardinal

Scientific Name: Cardinalis cardinalis

Population Estimate: 100M, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Year-round in inhabited areas such as backyards, parks, woodlots, and shrubby forest edges throughout eastern US and eastern Mexico, including the Yucatan.

Field Notes: Unmistakable in range, even the duller female.

Personal Notes: We were waiting for winter to get our dramatic Northern Cardinal photo, and here it is. We were fortunate to come across a lot of different birds at the MN Arboretum feeder.

1 comment:

  1. I think the cardinal was one of your grandmother's favorites. She loved birds too, remember? Her life-long friend and college roommate, Margaret Hodson, was an avid bird watcher. She taught Zoology, Biology, etc. at Marion College. I dissected a frog in her class the year I was there before IU.