PHOTO FRIDAY 37 – Northern Cardinal in Winter

Northern Cardinal in winter - All that's Jas

There’s a cardinal in the holly, looking like the King of Winter and I’m so very ready for January to end.


Hi friends! I know January has only just begun, but I am so ready for it to be over. How about you? Aren’t months with over 28 days overrated anyways? I’ll say.

After Christmas decorations have been taken down, and plows left a disgusting mess of snowbanks that are anything but snow-white, we are battling a case of the blahs. Wherever you look you see a gray, sad state of affairs.  Even snow gave up on winter. There’s nothing to please the eye, except our State bird, the King of Winter – Northern Cardinal.

We have a pair, Mr. and Mrs. The King and Queen Cardinal that regularly come to our backyard for free food. Among other birds they stand out with their bright cardinal color, especially against the snow white.

A few photos from my backyard birding. Don’t they look royal? What is your State bird?

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Northern Cardinal in winter - All that's Jas

Northern Cardinal in winter - All that's Jas

Northern Cardinal in winter - All that's Jas

Northern Cardinal in winter - All that's Jas

Northern Cardinal in winter - All that's Jas


We keep binoculars in the back room/sun room and living room, so that we are always ready to observe the birds. It has become quite a hobby of ours and bird-watching/birding has a calming effect. Try it, you’ll find yourself wanting to keep track of how many different species you can spot. So fun!

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12 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 14, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Wow! What a stunning red head! Having binoculars handy is a good call. We have one but we always forget. Those birds are too quick! Don’t think we have a “state” bird here, though I’ve seen several Robins. 🙂

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      January 14, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      They are quick, Ann! That’s why I’m ecstatic when they’re still enough for me to capture them! I like Robins, it’s said that they are a portent of Spring. Back home it was the Swallow 🙂

  2. Reply
    January 16, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Great captures, Jas!

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      January 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you, June! They’re taken from the comfort of my home, the best kind when it’s cold outside 😀

  3. Reply
    January 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Beautiful shots. Such a big contrast! LOVE it!

    1. Reply
      January 18, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Hi, Freda. Yes, they do “pop” against the white. Thanks for stopping in!

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    Roseann Hampton
    January 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

    1. Reply
      January 18, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thank you so much, Roseann!

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    pam smith
    January 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Your pictures are so beautiful, and so are the cardinals! We don’t have cardinals in our area, so I really enjoy seeing them, especially against the snow. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Reply
      January 18, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you, Pam, I’m so glad you like them 🙂 Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  6. Reply
    January 23, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Hi Jas, what a beautiful looking bird and a welcome splash of colour on what looks like a very bleak day. Lovely photos. Popping in late from last weeks Through My Lens.


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      January 23, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Hi Debbie! Thank you so very much! It’s never too late 😀 Have a wonderful week!

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