The northern cardinal
) is one of the most popular winter backyard birds. While these bold red birds are common throughout the eastern United States all year round, they are particularly welcome in the winter when their brilliant plumage
is a stunning ornament to a bland landscape, and even the female’s paler tan plumage is striking against her red bill and reddish markings. These birds prefer black oil sunflower seed and safflower seed, though in the winter they are also partial to suet blocks with mixed seed and fruit. Northern cardinals will also appreciate a heated birdbath for winter water.
Photo © William Klos