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The Northern Cardinal was the most spotted bird in the Mississippi Flyway during last year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us tomorrow for the start of this year's count.

The Northern Cardinal was the most spotted bird in the Mississippi Flyway during last year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us tomorrow for the start of this year's count.

The Dark-eyed Junco was the most spotted bird in the Pacific Flyway during last year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us this tomorrow for the start of this year's count.

The Dark-eyed Junco was the most spotted bird in the Pacific Flyway during last year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us this tomorrow for the start of this year's count.

The Downy Woodpecker was the 2nd most spotted bird in the Mississippi Flyway during last year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us this year February 14-17.

The Downy Woodpecker was the most spotted bird in the Mississippi Flyway during last year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Join us this year February

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis  The cardinal is another backyard bird that most people recognize if they live in the eastern United States. Although I see them during the winter, I don't hear them sing until sometime in February, making their song an early sign of spring in Michigan. During the summer they start singing very early in the morning. It's a nice sound to wake up to!

We've been hearing more singing from the male cardinal that visits our backyard. He and his mate have stayed around and visited our birdfeeders during this winter, but they've been quiet until recently.

A Real Life Angry Bird ♥

Bright red male Cardinal in winter. How beautiful is that? Thank you God, for the beautiful red bird.

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Attract Songbirds to Your Winter Garden: In midwinter, the bold red plumage of the northern cardinal is a welcome sight. Frequent visitors to bird feeders east of the Rocky Mountains, cardinals will feast on both sunflower and safflower seeds.

Did you know that bobwhite quail hens can raise two to three broods each breeding season? More cool things you should know about bobwhite quail | Iowa DNR

Did you know that bobwhite quail hens can raise two to three broods each breeding season? More cool things you should know about bobwhite quail

You're looking at just the third wood stork to be spotted in Iowa since 1977!The wood stork's normal range is the East Coast from South Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico and west to eastern Texas. The ones we occasionally see in the Midwest are just birds that have wandered in and found a spot to rest awhile. They usually don't stay long and don't breed here. Wood storks are on the federal threatened species list and should not be disturbed.Photo by Doug Lambert

You're looking at just the third wood stork to be spotted in Iowa since 1977!The wood stork's normal range is the East Coast from South Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico and west to eastern Texas. The ones we occasionally see in the Midwest are just birds that have wandered in and found a spot to rest awhile. They usually don't stay long and don't breed here. Wood storks are on the federal threatened species list and should not be disturbed.Photo by Doug Lambert

Relaxing Cardinal

Northern Cardinal by Robert Strickland,,birds need to bath to keep their feathers clean to help them stay Warm!

Like birds, but don’t know how to make the leap to becoming a birder? Here are three easy steps to get you into the field.

Participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. With your help, the data will fuel important science and conservation work.

Eagles fighting over a fish by Tony Castelline | Iowa DNR

Eagles fighting over a fish by Tony Castelline

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