The Cardinals gather in their red robes for Evening Mass

@JolietJake (51104)
United States
December 8, 2017 4:43pm CST
It seems they are most prevalent when light conditions are low. I assume it has to do with their bright colors and an instinct that predators won't notice them as much in dimmer lighting conditions. But both early morning shortly before sunrise, and evening as the sun sets, I get large flocks of them feeding here. A few winters back I managed to get 21 male & female birds in one shot. They are very skittish though. The slightest noise or hint of movement quickly sends them flying away. To get decent photos I have to stay back from the picture window several feet and use the zoom feature.
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@BarBaraPrz (20997)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Dec
Looks like there are more ladies than gents.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
9 Dec
I'm coming up with 6 males/5 females
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@BarBaraPrz (20997)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Dec
@JolietJake I've never seen pink cardinals before, I thought they were gals.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
9 Dec
@BarBaraPrz Just the angle, they'd look more red if they turned. All females are brownish.
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@nanette64 (18079)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Dec
I have an absolute boatload of Cardinals here at my place @JolietJake and they're here all morning, afternoon and early evening. And you're right about them being skittish. All I have to do is go to the living room window; say boo, and they'll take flight. For about 1 minute.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
9 Dec
My sparrows are flighty. They'll be out front and then whoosh they all disappear...to a bush on the side of the house...and a minute later they're right back.
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@nanette64 (18079)
• Fairfield, Texas
9 Dec
@JolietJake My Blue Jays will do that.
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@celticeagle (120398)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Dec
Looks like a robin in there. Nice picture.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
9 Dec
Robins all went south
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@celticeagle (120398)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Dec
@JolietJake .....That one down by the trunk looks like one though.
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@marlina (79589)
• Canada
9 Dec
Wow! First time ever that I see a picture of so many red cardinals. We are lucky here to see one or two at a time.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
9 Dec
My Dad lives on the other side of town, he said he hardly ever gets them at his feeder.
@JohnRoberts (64832)
• Los Angeles, California
9 Dec
Where was Scar? Sleeping on the job?
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
9 Dec
Waiting to go out but I had to get a picture first
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@Icydoll (25777)
• India
9 Dec
Nice picture with beautiful birds
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@LadyDuck (181732)
• Switzerland
9 Dec
You have a cardinal meeting in your garden. Those little birds look so cute.
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@ridingbet (60493)
• Philippines
9 Dec
nice flock of birds. nice red robes as well
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@toniganzon (53392)
• Philippines
9 Dec
You're a peeping tom!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
9 Dec
They are so pretty! =)
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@FourWalls (15706)
• United States
8 Dec
Boo, Cardinals! Go, Kentucky Wildcats!! Oh, wait.... Lovely scene. I love looking at the feeding ground in my back yard and seeing doves, cardinals, squirrels, and those little brown birds all sitting on the same shelf, enjoying breakfast.
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@JudyEv (136409)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec
The males are really bright. I read a book 'Song of the Cardinal' once by Gene Stratton Porter - a whole book about a cardinal.
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@nela13 (9313)
• Portugal
8 Dec
Tose birds are Beautiful
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@jstory07 (71069)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Dec
How cute is tat picture. Really cute.
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• Dallas, Texas
8 Dec
I just love this pic.
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