Birds to brighten your day: April 16

Photo by Chris Bosak A male northern cardinal visits a backyard in New England, April 2020.

A Day on Merganser Lake VIII

I was all set to run a photo of another bird when I came across this one in the photo folder from yesterday. The other bird would have been just fine and it’s a bird I don’t feature too often, but how can I resist publishing this shot of a male cardinal? Besides, I’ve learned that you can’t go wrong posting photos of hummingbirds, bluebirds or cardinals. So here he is.

It looks like his bill, or beak, is a little beaten up. I’ll have to check my sources on why that is and if the bill will return to normal. My guess is the bird will be just fine regardless of whether his bill returns to normal or not.

(Repeat text for context:  I’m running out of COVID-19 lockdown themes so from now until things get back to some semblance of normalcy, I will simply post my best photo from the previous day. You could say it fits because of its uncertainty and challenge. I’ll call the series “A Day on Merganser Lake,” even though that’s not the real name of the lake I live near in southwestern Connecticut, it’s just a nod to my favorite duck family.)

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