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.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Photo Share: Cardinal pose

A cardinal goes through one full molt in the fall, and their health, and how well they are eating determines how healthy their plumage will be 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.

Northern Cardinals as well as other red feathered birds get their red plumage from pigments called carotenoids. Birds can’t synthesize carontenoid pigments but must obtain them from their food like wild grapes, apples, raspberries, dogwood fruits and various seeds including sunflower and safflower seeds at the feeders.

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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