14 February 2023
Now that Groundhog Day has passed and we are well on our way to the Spring Equinox, our resident birds are ramping up the breeding season.
Male northern cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis) perched peacefully together in mid-winter.
But now they chase each and pursue the females.
Males who’ve established a pair bond with a female, collect seeds and feed their mates.
You might even see a courtship display called the “lopsided pose,” shown in detail and big picture below.
The male or female cardinal tilts one side of its body up, raises its wing and exposes its belly. This “come hither” signal happens quickly. You’ll be lucky to see it.
Love is in the air. Happy Valentine’s Day!