Northern Cardinal – female (Cardinalis cardinalis)

24 March

I have been holding off on showing pictures of a Cardinal as everyone is familiar with them but this nicely muted female stopped close beside me and posed nicely … so here she is, a star for a day. Everyone takes pictures of males, and gorgeous they are, but we should not overlook their less flashy lady friends. A species that was once quite unusual in the montreal area they started moving north 20 or 30 years ago and today are common everywhere. Walking around our local streets they are calling out to each other to declare “their” territory from every second tree and bush.