Cardinal Season

Cardinal Season
By: Tiffany Sisson

Months after the World Series, Cardinals are still flying high! You're probably noticing their distinct red color, not because of baseball, but, because it's winter.
Bill Eddleman knows Redbirds, and he knows how to attract them with one call, one call from Heartland News, that is. "You'll start to hear the birds sing," said Eddleman.
Eddleman is an ornithologist. He's watched birds since he was a young boy. His parents house is the best location to spot a landing. "They're so pretty, first of all, a nice bright color. People notice them. They also tolerate people very well. They'll nest right beside your porch," explained Eddleman.
Down in Eddleman's parents backyard, the red birds light up the dull, brown brush. One after the other, bright red birds nest on the feeder and limbs of the dead tree. It's easy to spot the brilliant red color of the males, but you have to really focus to find the females. They have more of a brown coloring, with specks of pink and red.
Eddleman explained we are seeing so many of them because, "This time of the year, they're mostly just trying to stay alive. They're trying to keep enough energy going on in their bodies to stay ahead of the cold."
The birds aren't courting yet, but they are being more affectionate towards each other The males were showing more tolerance towards females on the feeding shelf. "You'll start to hear birds sing, which is to attract mates or defend territories, Then they'll break off into pairs," said Eddleman.
If Cardinals set up a nest in your yard, expect them to be there for months to come. The best way to attract Cardinals to your landscape is to black oil sunflower seed.