I arrived at Robyn and Kenny’s at 6:40AM  (thanks for inviting me to your house so early! It’s probably a good thing we’re all morning people 😉 )  Kenny had the bird watching site set up in front of a kitchen window with a clear view of the feeder. He covered most of the window with a towel since the cardinal had been skittish the day before. He left it open just wide enough to fit the camera. Robyn and I crouched down and waited, while Kenny kept watch from a window upstairs.

When Robyn and Kenny pointed out the dark spot in the bush behind the feeder, I was like a little kid at Christmas! 🙂 So exciting! It was 7:10 – the cardinal was right on schedule. The light wasn’t the best for a photo op – PEI November mornings are dark –  but I set my ISO to 3200, steadied my camera on the kitchen windowsill, and snapped away

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Here’s what the Govt of PEI website says about Northern Cardinal sightings on PEI

Spring
March 16 to May 31
(northerly migration)
Rare, 1 – 5 birds per season
Summer
June 1 to August 15
(nesting season)
Rare, 1 – 5 birds per season
Autumn
August 16 to December 14
(southerly migration)
Rare, 1 – 5 birds per season
Winter
December 15 to March 15
Rare, 1 – 5 birds per season
Uncommon, 1 – 12 birds per fortnight

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He only stayed for about 10 minutes and then flew away. What a thrill! Now I’m looking forward to some photos of him in the snow – won’t that brilliant red be gorgeous against the white snow?

Lucky for me there’s a storm on the way tomorrow 😉

11 thoughts on “Project Cardinal update

  1. amy says:

    He is lovely! Here in Kentucky he is our state bird…and I generally end up having 15 male and females at my feeders. …when snow is on the ground. I call them my winter Valentine’s:-)

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  2. Jody says:

    What a thrill indeed! I love your perseverance!

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  3. Susanne says:

    Well look at you, you got your cardinal! Way to go getting us so early! He’s lovely.

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  4. marg says:

    I always love coming here…watching how you so quietly can steal away the breath of standing still and capturing those rare moments. I’ll be watching for that winter storm.

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  5. Jerralea says:

    Not many people are excited about a coming storm! LOL.

    You do such a good job capturing birds with your camera!

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  6. Rosella Leis says:

    He’s beautiful indeed! We have one at our feeder sometimes and we even had a family of them nest here last summer – they are one of my favourite birds for sure. I had no idea that they were so rare in PEI. Enjoy and I hope your storm wasn’t too severe (saw the weather reports for your area – eek!).

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  7. Melanie says:

    Yaay! You got your red cardinal! He is a beauty. Against snow, he should be particularly vivid. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  8. Yay!! I’m so excited for you Kathie. Congrats.

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    1. Kathie says:

      Thanks Pam! It was so fun!

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  9. Kim says:

    AHHHHHHH, you’re so lucky!!!! Isn’t he beautiful? Great pic!

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    1. Kathie says:

      You’ll have to pop down and see him Kim! Such a gorgeous bird!

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