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Cardinals Rule...

Updated on August 15, 2011

I Hear You Knocking!!!

Here in the State of Georgia birds are divided according to their seasonal activity into groups,The northern cardinal or (Cardinalis cardinalis) is one of our permanent residents of Georgia.

"Rambo" Backyard Cardinal

I was sitting at my computer one day ,and I heard a tap tap tap on the window..there looking in at me is a cardinal,a male..I thought he was trying to get in..such was not the case,he could see his reflection in the window,and thought another male was encroaching on his territory ,and was about to flog himself to death. I took sheets of computer paper and taped in the window to stop the reflection,but still he could catch glimpses here and there as the sun raised to mid-day,the battle raged for a good three months off and on.That was last year,he came back to visit last week he loves the crepe myrtle tree outside of my window as it allows him easy access to the windows ledge where he does battle through out the afternoons wailing his battle cry as he does so. I haven't the heart to remove the paper as I should hate for him to hurt himself in the fight with his imaginary foe over his territory.So I shall just leave it there..I call him "Rambo" because of his imagined enemies..LOL

I have read that some red birds live a long time, and that in the case of most juveniles they tend to only have a life span of about a year. So I'm thinking this is an older bird as this is his 2nd year.They are quite territorial and as a rule do not migrate,thus making him a backyard bird. I do have a very large butterfly bush in the backyard that tends to attract thousands of butterflies when in bloom,so I think he enjoys the caterpillars etc. contained in the bush.

Inviting birds into your backyard is a great way to teach young members of your family about nature,and how to appreciate wildlife.

It is a simple thing to provide a source of clean water, for drinking and bathing, which may attract birds that don’t visit feeders, help ensure that your water helps birds, not mosquitoes or algae by keeping the available water fresh and clean. There are many ideas for other great attractants, too, such as placing feeders,nesting boxes and things of this nature.


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    • jorja kick profile imageAUTHOR

      jorja kick 

      7 years ago from southeast georgia

      I have been meaning to get this one in...just busy ya know ..but I did find it fun that he visits me, and is prepared to do battle too funny if he doesn't get hurt!..LOL

      thanks for reading and the comment..


    • Nikki49 profile image


      7 years ago from Woodruff,S.C.

      Gosh never had one attack a window!!

      I have feeders out front and a few for the hummingbirds.The hummingbird battles i've seen up close.

      They will defend their feeder which is why I have to put out more than one come midsummer.

      Nice article here Jorja

    • jorja kick profile imageAUTHOR

      jorja kick 

      7 years ago from southeast georgia

      Thanks... It was such fun have him pecking away at the window!! but I was afraid he was gonna de-beak himself!!!

      thanks for reading...and the comment..


    • WillStarr profile image


      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      What a great story, and with pictures to illustrate!


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