Baby Cardinals Rule~

My heart. (click/tap to enlarge.

It is a cardinal rule,

that cardinals,

who I have only seen,

on four seperate occasions,

in my life,

make excellent friends.

They drop by unannounced,

and make your day.

Cheers to you,

from Maui’s non-native Red Crested Cardinals~

274 thoughts on “Baby Cardinals Rule~

    1. Very pleased you enjoyed Jo. Thank you. Maui was a challenge. We were in West Maui for the fires without power or food for days. Scary time. Good to be safely home დ

  1. Oh, my goodness! And this is the first time I’ve seen Cardinals of this coloration. The ones I see here in the Midwest are all red as males and gray with red features as females. But I agree that any Cardinal can make your day! When I want to photograph a male Cardinal, I whistle back to him when he calls for his mate, and he will come closer and closer to my location for about six, or seven, return whistles until he begins to suspect that it is actually not his mate returning his luring calls! Loans of fun! Amazing photos! Thanks, Cindy!

    1. Fabulous!!! I do this with many birds! It is most fun to do with Great Horned Owls at night. We duet. Once, we were calling back and forth, when I felt a draft of wind on my hair. The owl had swooped at lightening speed silently down and flew so close over my head that my hair ruffled in his wake. He wanted to me to know that although I was blind in the dark, he could see me clearly, and knew what I was up to. It was extremely thrilling დ

  2. Such fantastic pictures, Cindy! Stunning! The male cardinals I see here are completely red while the females are reddish-orange and light brown. Do these cardinals just have red heads or are the males more colourful?

    1. They are utterly delightful creatures. They hop through the sliding glass doors and make themselves quite at home. Only leaving when they choose too. My grandsons loved this! დ

  3. Diane

    Cindy, I have never seen this cardinal before, as I live in VA and adore the Northern Cardinals who reside in my gardens. What interesting color/markings! Seeing the adolescents is so much fun as they learn the ropes from their parents. Great photos.

    1. Thank you very much Diane. Funnily enough, they are not even in the cardinal family despite their name. They are tanagers. ‘A rose by any other name…..’ დ

      1. Nature is amazing, mankind not so, methinks.
        Off to EENT hospital today, Cindy. Left cataract operation and glaucoma test. Whatever that is? Hehe!

  4. Dramatic birds. Wonderfully photographed Cindy, of course. Oddly however I found myself following your brief text with as much interest, wanting more I confess.

  5. How sweet! We have several cardinal families that visit out feeder – they are the ones with the totally red males. They usually bicker over territory so we seldom see more than 2-3 males at a time.

  6. Gorgeous AND adorable! 😍😍 I couldn’t remember if you had mentioned it before, but when I looked them up (of course I did…LOL!), I found out that they’re actually a species of tanager not cardinals! That is so wild because they look just like the North American cardinals. LOL!

  7. Deborah

    You can call them true native if they were born in Hawaii.😊 These are non-native, introduced in 1930 from Brazil, not related to the cardinal familia, but are tanagers. Cardinals used to have a more expansive range in NA than they have now. Like my dad, I have seen none, not even in aviaries. My grandpa saw a few in the wild when he was a boy in the 1930s.

    1. Yes. Paroaria coronata. They escaped from cages in 1929 and successfully bred. I have seen them in Argentina where they are native, but never in Brazil. Birds do manage to get around! დ

      1. Deborah

        I do like their coloring. I’m always amazed at the babies, nearly full grown, are wanting to be fed by mama bird or daddy bird.

  8. These don’t look anything like the Cardinals we have, Cindy! Nevertheless, they’re beautiful birdies. I find it hard to get photos of ours — they rarely stop to pose, ha!

    1. You are right Debbie. They aren’t actually in the cardinal family. They are tanagers. Heaven knows why they are named Red Crested Cardinals. I have only seen and photographed your cardinal once. It was quite a thrill დ

    1. You are so welcome. I am happy to make the introduction. They are actually in the tanager family but their name is Red Crested Cardinal. Bird names make no sense დ

  9. Aren’t they a handsome pair? Gorgeous photos, Cindy, and a nice take-away from an otherwise harrowing time in Maui. The islands have been overwhelmed with non-native birds, snakes, grasses, and so much more. I don’t know that they’ll ever be able to restore what was. You are a good soul.

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  11. Cindy, I have never seen this beautiful cardinal. I have only seen a red (completely red) cardinal. Seeing one in winter against all the white is true beauty. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you!

  12. I’ve never seen this type of cardinal–always just the fully red male, and much duller, mostly tan female. This kind with just the color on their heads is striking!

    1. You have the real cardinals. Who knows why these birds are named Red Crested Cardinals when they are actually Tanagers! A rose by any other name….. I would love to see more of your cardinals. I have only seen them once დ

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  14. Beautiful birds, Cindy. And well captured. The red head reminds me of an Australian bird called the Gang Gang Cockatoo. Have a look on Google and see the similar red head.

  15. Hi Cindy!! It’s been awhile since I checked your blog, and this is a fun one! Somehow I find it hard to believe you’ve only seen cardinals 4 times! You are such a bird watcher, and photographer!! These pictures are lovely, by the way!! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Katie. Lovely to hear from you! So happy you stopped by. It is true, I have only seen and photographed cardinals on four seperate trips. So each time is a major thrill. Hope you are well my friend & take good care დ

        1. I just read your pos which was utterly beautiful and incredibly moving. “Sean’s death has brought me to the end of myself, and to accepting the mysteries of God.” I am so impressed with your process, your self discovery, and your faith. And most of all I am deeply touched by your abiding and never ending love for beautiful Sean. Love to you my dear friend and God Bless you დდ

  16. What a beautiful pair and so special that they stopped by, Cindy. We don’t have them in our Country, so could you send them to us for a visit, please🐦 Double Pawkisses for a Happy DayπŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž

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