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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Close up look at baby cardinals

What do baby cardinals look like? - Midland, MI

That is such a good question. When baby cardinals first appear under the feeder you have to take a second look. They are true Cinderellas in the bird world. They look like big-eyed raggedy birds rolled in ashes. They are gray-brown all over including the bill and legs.

Until they have commenced their pre-formative molt, sex cannot be reliably determined, although it is likely that those showing a fair amount of red on the wings are males.

With the help of good quality food, the juvenile cardinals will transform into their attractive look by winter. You can watch as they grow their adult feathers in gradually to insulate the against the cold weather coming.

To landscape for cardinals plant evergreens, berry bushes, and fruit trees as part of the habitat. Cardinals will eat beetles, cicadas, grasshoppers, and snails, but prefer wild fruit and berries, sunflower seeds, safflower, and nuts. They will feed on the ground or perch at hopper feeders, platform or tray feeders, and seed cylinder feeders. Cardinals are often the first to visit a feeder in the morning and the last to stop by and grab a bite at night.

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