Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).
Identification:The male Northern Cardinal is one of the most recognized species of bird. The bright red color is the way to call attention to itself.
Habitat: Northern Cardinals like to be in the backyards, parks and wood lots and shrubby forest. Nest in dense tangles of shrubs and vines.
Overview: Males are large, long-tailed songbird, with brilliant red and black mask and throat. The hefty bill help aids the bird in retrieving seeds by cutting and crushing the shells. The Northern Cardinal’s clutch size is about 2-5 eggs and has about 1-2 broods. The males will bring nesting material for the female. Cardinals often don’t use their nests more than once.
Time of year: The Northern Cardinal has been sited in College Woods, in April, May and September.
Fun fact: only a few female North American songbirds sing, like the Cardinal and a mated pair shares a song.