Mother Cardinal is looking pensive in the spruce, her delicate coloring just catching the light.
At least two cardinal families have lived in the spruce for years, always appearing at the ends of branches. In early spring I watch them court each other, giving each other seeds. In summer I watch their little ones fledge and learn to feed.
Below, Father Cardinal is looking cold, puffing out and tucking in with blustery winds higher up in the spruce.
Look in the upper right and lower left to see where they are.. . . . . . .
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