Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cardinal courtship

These two were enjoying their courtship today on my patio.  



As I understand it, Mr. Cardinal will court his future mate by feeding her seeds. 

 I guess I'm making his job easy by providing those seeds.

 Do you think she's aware that he's a slacker food hunter??



















Oh, sweet spring  ... love blooms!
I best be stocking up on seed so he doesn't ever disappoint her.
There'll be lots of youngin's to raise yet this summer!

Hope you are having a great week!
Later friends,
 

60 comments:

latebloomerbuds said...

Always keeping the peace Reena! So cute! Margie

Tracy said...

oh how sweet is that!
:)

Beth said...

that is so darn cute. awww!! ain't love grand. love it!! (:

Margaret said...

ha ha. Nope, I think all she sees is how HOT he is. :)

Country Girl said...

Oh, you're home ~
We've been noticing our cardinals doing the same thing. Very sweet shots here, Reena. And welcome home!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful captures, so sweet. It will be great fun for you to watch them and their little prospective family.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

It's quite a romantic relationship they have... and cardinals mate for life. Isn't that sweet?

Sylvia K said...

Doesn't get any sweeter or more beautiful than these! How delightful! I look forward to seeing the new family!! Thanks for sharing the love and the fun!!

Sylvia

Judy @ daily yarns said...

That is too cute, great captures!

JillsyGirl Studio said...

yesterday, hubby and i were driving down the road (i was riding and looking out the side window) when all the sudden hubby gasped. he said that two cardinals flew across the two lane road, one made it, but the other was hit by a car (he saw it happen in the rear view mirror) and the one that was hit, immediately dropped to the road and was flapping its wings. i'm just glad i didn't see it!

My Journey With Candida said...

You just get the neatest pictures.... I love the last one!!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Must be love in the air. :-) Great shots.

TexWisGirl said...

they are sweet. :)

Michael said...

great photo sequence, really lovely

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What crisp clear photos! We love to watch the birds...they are always entertaining especially when the babies come and flutter for their food!

gina said...

Such a romantic series of images!
There is such a sweetness to this pair. Well done, Reena!

Ginny said...

This is SO sweet!! I have seen this happen before, but never gotten pictures of it!

mick said...

So good to be able to see and also record beautiful moments like that between the two birds. Great work!

S. Etole said...

Looks as though he is caring for her well.

Ed Pilolla said...

what great detail. i can see the expression on their faces. we are right in that action. that telephoto gives a beautiful, soft green background.

Evelyn S. said...

Fascinating! I didn't know they courted that way.

grammie g said...

Hi Reena ...a few men could take lessons form that tender moment ..what awesome photos you got!!
grace

GailO said...

How sweet! You captured the moment perfectly!

Hilary said...

Such sweet, tender captures.

ladyfi said...

Oh, what adorable photos!

unrosetoinviacerreto said...

Fantastic! Sweet moment.
Ciao

Bob Bushell said...

Ohhhhhh, that's really nice.

Betty Manousos said...

awwwww!! this is so sweet!

it's so nice of you to post your birdie photos.

they are all beautiful!!

what a terrific showing!

xo

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I was not aware this is how they courted. This is a great sequence. She looks like she's smiling.

Brian Miller said...

awww how cute...love is a beautiful thing isnt it....nice captures

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful series. I agree with Margaret, she's just looking at his body.

Catherine said...

Haha ~ so cute! Well to think you are helping inspire love. It's a beautiful thing. ;)
xo Catherine

Daryl Edelstein said...

I was just thinking that he needs to rent space in one of your birdhouses so he can always sate his lady love ..courtesy of you!

Sandra said...

so precious. WHAT? no diamonds to court with, just seed?

rainfield61 said...

That sweet moment must be belonged to only two, and you are the third.

Valerie Hartman said...

I am not a cardinal expert, but I often see the males feed their juvenile's at my feeders. These birds look about the same size, so it is hard to be sure. But the female's face is not yet black, a sign that she is not yet an adult. I LOVE to watch the father's take good care of their babies. It is certainly still a love story, just maybe not a romantic one. Watch to see if mom is watching too and you will know for sure.

Caroline said...

awww....that made my day!

Snapper II said...

These photos are fantastic. You really captured the moment.

Linda R said...

Awwww. These photos just make me smile. So darn cute!!

Hugs~

Madi and Mom said...

Reena as if you don't have enough hats to wear already you add Matchmaker to the stack. Your hat rack runneth over. What absolutely wonderful shots. I love cardinals..they are our State bird and Mr. Cardinal is my fav color.
Hugs C

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

How cute they are. Your photos are wonderful. It's the bird version of " Let me buy you a drink."

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Great photos! I once read that male and female cardinals often serenade each other, alternately singing the same tune one after the other--Nice to know the romance doesn't end! :-)

Pat said...

He may be a slacker, but I think she's enamored!

Gillian Olson said...

Lovely series, serious ahh.......... factor.

Ivanhoe said...

How adorable! And the colors are so beautiful :)

TSannie said...

Just wonderful photos!

cristina munteanu said...

very cute couple! :)

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Aww, that is so cute! Yes, you better stock up on seed, these two lovebirds are gonna need it!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

oh now are these fabulous shots or WHAT!!! toooooooo sweet! and I just LOVE those red birds...we don´t have them in Germany...tooo bad. Maybe the next time I am in the States I should smuggle a few back with me...ooppps did it say smuggle....but we need some Cardinals over here.

islandwonder said...

So funny! He is a slacker cardinal. LOL!

Cheryl said...

These are incredible photos, Reena. Simply amazing.

I love that cardinals mate for life and return year after year to the same breeding ground or overwinter there.

eileeninmd said...

A lovely couple, great captures! Reena, you might need more seed when they start feeding their babies too. And maybe a cowbird thrown in as a step-baby. I loved the photos, have a great weekend!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Those are very sweet photos, whether he had your assistance or not. My rooster will gladly take food from me so he can present it to the hens. I'm happy to give him credit:-)

Deborah L. Tisch said...

Very cool photos! I saw a pair of cardinals doing the same thing today at my bird feeder, and posted it on my blog. This is the first year I have even noticed these birds doing this little ritual.

Jennifer Richardson said...

you see so sweet:)
-Jenifer

Anonymous said...

I see this all the time at my feeder

Anonymous said...

Too cute...Thanks 4th Sharing

Unknown said...

I'm in upstate Ny and I dont have any cardinals yet. I have tried for years but cant get them to come. Love them and would love to see them in my yard.

Pat Tillett said...

So beautiful! Just love those colors...

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

this is so wonderful