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Cardinal Wildly Flapping Wings Defensively

Hopper, Suet, Tray Feeders Can Always Keep the Cardinal Happy, If Not Defensive

Cardinals are plentiful in many areas of the country, but are always an awesome sight no matter how many times you see them. The red covered feathers have a glowing effect and never cease to brighten your day in good or bad weather. You are fortunate if you live in the East, Midwest or portions of the Southwest to see and feed cardinals. The birds aren’t so available in the Northwest region.

Male cardinals can be fully red in color or have black coloring on the face. The male’s colors become brighter during mating season. Female cardinals don’t possess such bright red colors, providing a view of pale brown features as well, but their large orange bills are just as impressive.

The sounds of singing become more prominent among cardinals as they are eating. Their whistling is even joyous at other times, and you can call back by imitating the sounds. The cardinals will turn and look for another cardinal.

Cardinals love their food and can turn aggressive against other birds when vying for a meal. They seem to enjoy searching for food in pairs or in groups of cardinals. Males often share their morsels of food with females during mating season. Some of the foods cardinals enjoy include bread, baked goods, peanuts and corn as well as sunflower or safflower seeds. Suet feeders also please cardinals.

The aggressiveness of males comes on stronger during breeding season if other males approach a couple. The male cardinal is known to quickly attack a male rival. Their defensive mechanisms are so pronounced, they will even attack reflections of themselves. It’s not uncommon for a cardinal to attack a glass window or mirror when it sees its reflection, thinking a rival is present.

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Cardinal Mates — Female on the Left and Male on the Right

This perceived rivalry could even occur on your car window or mirror. The pecking on glass may seem like lively entertainment for a time, but the cardinal could indeed hurt itself during the false attack. Cardinals remain single minded and want that opponent destroyed.

If you happen to be at home and you hear tapping noises on a window, it could be a vengeful cardinal at work. You might even notice this when a cardinal awakes you in the morning with constant tapping on a glass window. Feel free to protect the cardinal by putting a covering over the glass if you notice it doesn’t stop its assault or keeps coming back for another attack. You can use any material to darken and erase the reflection if you can’t close curtains or shades to block the image. Netting or anything you have handy can get rid of the reflection.

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Male Cardinal

Like Cardinals? Three Common Bird Feeder Plans Work For Them!

Like other birds, Cardinals do prefer certain food, but unlike most other birds, they will usually eat just about whatever bird feed you provide. This alone is reason enough to love the cardinal. Just know though, they will leave you for the neighbors if the neighbors are serving sunflower seeds. Finding the right bird feeder plans can be difficult, especially when your yard is smaller.

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Bird Feeder Plans for a 3 in 1 Bird Feeder
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It is a large enough feeder to give the birds the space they require to feed without fear, and it will hold three types of food with a slight adaptation.

There is a hopper in the middle for bird seed, and the foundation is a tray feeder which allows for nuts and fruit. By adding a suet cage at one or both ends of the hopper, you can make a 3 in 1 type feeder.

Bird Feeder Plans like these are perfect for building cardinal bird feeders, especially in the smaller backyard.

Below is a picture of a hopper bird feeder. Our sponsors’ offer birdhouse plans and bird feeder plans. Those sets include several different design sets of hopper bird feeder plans because of their popularity. As you can see it is a standard hopper style feeder to accommodate the cardinals love for black oil sunflower seeds (with their hulls), a small tray for fruits, berries, nuts, or old bread you may have on hand. Just like the Snack Shop feeder, adding a suet cage to each end of this bird feeder will give you a multi-purpose feeder

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It is my hope to make you a true blue cardinal lover. These are absolutely beautiful birds, and they’ll call your yard home for a really long time, if you provide what they need.

We are very fortunate to have a family, sometimes two families which call our yard home. They will also eat suet and certainly worms and insects. When feeding their young, it is very common to watch the mother cardinal forage in the dirt for grubs and worms for her chicks.

Cardinals don’t use birdhouses to nest, but prefer thickets, or very bushy trees and shrubs to make a home. Once they are accustomed to you, they are not terribly shy at all. Our cardinals have been here for years and will fly up onto my back porch to visit frequently. They sing to one another and are such a joy, I’m thinking it may be time for me to get another set of bird feeder plans.