Spring Mating Rituals  

rm_luvpiano2 56M
263 posts
3/21/2006 8:08 am

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3/22/2006 10:18 am

Spring Mating Rituals

My deck is covered with snow. In the morning, I usually toss out a cup of sunflower seeds for the birds. So, this morning I threw out some sunflower seeds.

Of the many types of birds that frequent the deck, there is a pair of cardinals that routinely fly in for some seeds.

This morning a pair of cardinals came for the seeds. The female remained perched on the deck railing above where the male landed on the snow to pick up sunflower seeds.

The male would sort through before picking up a seed in his beak. Then he flew up to the deck railing by the female and offered her the sunflower seed. Sometimes she would take the sunflower. When she accepted the sunflower seed, the male returned to the snow to get another one.

Sometimes she would not accept the sunflower seed from him. It's was obvious, that the male cardinal was hurt when she rejected the seed. He would look around, look at her, look at the snow. She wouldn't look at him. She almost appeared aloof.

I could just see him saying to himself, "What did I do wrong?" Or, "what was wrong with that sunflower seed?"

But he returned to the snow to fetch her another one sunflower seed. And she accepted the next one.

This entertainment continued for about 10 minutes.


3/21/2006 11:14 am

How amusing, just like our world. Poor little guy! Enjoyed much! kisses

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

shar1 55F
606 posts
3/21/2006 2:11 pm

We're the same at home, hubby put up 3 different kind of feeding trays, a seed one, a fat based one and peanuts. Not being a country boy at heart he was getting upset because the birds didn't seem to be using them. Then he jumped for joy to see that the fat trap was being eaten, this turned to frustration when the birds wouldn't share the fat with the robins and they had to make do with the seed.

Hubby thinking this was unfair decided to move the fat to where the robins were to give them a chance at it, but still no luck.

I had days of fun watching my poor confused man try to share the food fairly between the birds.. moving the feeder's from tree to tree... just as confused and befuddled as your cardinal bird friend. Bless him.

HBowt2 59F

3/21/2006 3:55 pm

almost better than poeple watching....

caressmewell 53F

3/21/2006 6:45 pm

My favorite birds, Cardinals. They are very interesting to watch. I'm fortunate to have several pairs that like my back yard that I get to enjoy.

catseyes23 61F

3/21/2006 7:06 pm

That was such a nice read, thank you.


ohsodelicious 57F
1922 posts
3/21/2006 9:31 pm

Luv...Loved the Post I have several bird feeders in my yard. I enjoy going outside to watch the birds feed/frolic. Initially, when I step outside they take flight, but after I sit down and relax they eventually return. Birds are wonderful little creatures and quite entertaining; some of them are very protective of their young. I know that from experience. Enjoy your bird watching!!


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