Most will never see a cardinal in the wild. I have shown you that already. I am going to show you the female. She generally stays in the nest with the little ones. When she's out, she never stays long in any one place. The exception being Holmes. she used to stand in the door hidden by the screen door and they would 'gab' for a while.
I once thought they had a discussion that went something like this:
Holmes: What's shakin'?
Cardinal: Nothing much, how are they treating you these day?
Holmes: I can't get them to give me any Captain Morgan and Diet Coke with Lime.
Cardinal: What's the problem, aren't they listening?
Holmes: Nah, they think it's a big deal to give me chicken. The big guy would croak before he'd give me alcohol. He needs to loosen up some.
Cardinal: On that happy note, I have to get back to the nest before the old man gets there and makes a mess of the place. See you later.
I got this picture this afternoon which prompted this post. It's the best I have ever gotten of her.
This was probably the best I had before today. She was flying to the feeder. Pretty impressive, she's still in flight.
She was at the feeder for a second, here's a closeup of her getting something to eat. She was gone in a flash.
On a different day, I caught her studying me through the screen door.
And you haven't seen a blue jay, or an oriole, or a woodpecker, yet. They all watch me write the blog. A tertiary reason why I am never on time. I am usually the big problem, and most of the small ones too. See, I *am* a statesman!