When people think of northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) they often visualize the brilliant red males. The female is not nearly as showy, and is easily overlooked. Nevertheless, I think she is quite beautiful, with shades of red in her feathers, bright red ‘eyebrows’, and a red beak outlined in black.
We delight in having cardinals in the yard throughout the year, and we’re now beginning to hear them sing – a welcome early hint of spring. For most songbirds, it’s only the male that sings. However both male and female cardinals sing, and they have a variety of beautiful songs which I love to hear.
I was inspired by this image to write my first original haiku.
The Female Cardinal
Subtle shades of red;
having survived the winter
she now sings of spring.
Here’s wishing you the sound of cardinals and other birds, and a Happy Valentine’s Day to all.