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Waushara County, WI
25 December 2000
Amy Tyriver, Birding Enthusiast
Minolta 35 mm autofocus camera

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

This adult male Northern Cardinal fared better this winter than the Red-Tailed Hawk from last week. Winter birds, such as the Cardinal, have benefited from a series of warm winters and the abundance of birdfeeders in the state of Wisconsin. Abundant in the southern reaches of WI, Cardinals are usually quite rare in the north. However, the recent warm winters and abundance of food have allowed them to 'invade' the northern parts of WI and MN. They are now being seen quite regularly in the Duluth/Superior area and wintering where food is available. Cardinals will gather in loose flocks during the winter months. It won't be too long before we again hear the familiar, "birdie, birdie, birdie" Cardinal call that reminds us that Spring is right around the corner.

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