About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Photo Share: Brilliant Red Cardinal

"In richness of plumage, elegance of motion, and strength of song, this species surpasses all its kindred." - description of the Northern Cardinal by John James Audubon
The Northern Cardinal, one of the most colorful birds in the area undergoes an annual molt in the late summer at which time males acquire their plumage coloration for the following year. Their feathers come in with brown tips that wear off during the winter making them even brighter in the spring, just in time to impress a mate.

If anyone would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts.

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