Birding Notes

Reflections on birds and other wildlife on the edge of a southern woodland

Friday, February 06, 2009

Cardinal Duet

Early this morning – a clear, cold day – a Cardinal sat in the top of a pecan tree, catching the first rays of the rising sun, and sang. His bright song – seeer-seeer-purdy-purdy-purdy – was closely echoed by another, slightly softer purdy-purdy-purdy-purdy that chimed in near the end each time he sang. The second singer was a female Cardinal perched lower down in the branches of a tree on the other side of the yard. They sang like this together several times, all the while I was walking up the driveway to get the morning paper, and walking back.


At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Nancy Ortiz said...

Ah, Miss Sigrid, you've writing accounts of the avian equivalents of Beethoven's Pastoral symphony, albeit without the fauns and faunettes. Complete, may I add, with avian romantic overtures. The cardinals here are still fighting and sticking their tongues out at each other.

I hate to say it, but this is SWGA after all, and many local residents other than the birds need to acquire a greater degree of social sophistication. Beautiful day today and the gold finch (still all by himself) showed up. It doesn't take much to entertain me, and all other things being equal, it's a good durn thing. Your blog is remarkably good. Ol Ludwig said he wanted people to see with their ears what he heard with his eyes (I think that's right.) Your blog conveyes both the sight and sound of a country bird day. Thanks for the good work.


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