This morning the tree out back was full of birds. All the usuals - titmice, chickadees, finches, a nuthatch or two, and a pair of cardinals. I couldn't believe how vivid the male was, sitting in the sun. The female was up in the tree, and her beak was almost neon orange! It was almost all I could see of her.
When the kids were little, they were not "male" and "female" cardinals, they were the "mommy cardinal" and the "daddy cardinal". So here is a mommy cardinal. Her mate will have to be made soon so she's not alone!