Photo by Chris Bosak – An immature cardinal perches in a bush next to a feeder.
My intermittent foot problems have kept me grounded for the most part over the last few weeks, so I have relied heavily on my backyard birds to keep me entertained.
Thankfully, it is a great time of year to watch birds in the backyard. Just as fall migration brings many birds to our parks and open spaces, they also bring plenty of birds to the backyard.
In addition to the common feeder birds, I have seen a few surprises either at the feeder or among the bushes near the feeder. One day I was sitting outside working when a ruby-crowned kinglet flew right past my face and landed in a bush about five feet away from me. Like most kinglets, it did not sit still for very long and hopped around the branches before disappearing in a matter of seconds. It was a nice little visit anyway.
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.)