Friday (20-April-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

An American black crow, house finch, and a pair of northern cardinals. At one point I observed a male cardinal feeding a female. I’ve seen male cardinals feeding juvenile cardinals before. Is this springtime courtship behavior?

Male Northern Cardinal Feeding a Female. (Courtship Behavior???). Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)
Male Northern Cardinal Feeding a Female. (Courtship Behavior???). Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)





House Finch at a Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)
House Finch at a Bird Feeder. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (17-April-2018) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Some bigger birds stopped by the new bird feeders. Actually, they stayed on the ground below the feeder to work on the spilled seeds. First a male, then female Northern Cardinal. They were soon followed by a Blue Jay that chased the Cardinals away. After the Blue Jay left, a Mourning Dove showed up. Only small birds worked the bird feeders. The Black Crows stayed out in the grass, searching for insects.

American Black Crow. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 360, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
American Black Crow. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 360, 600 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)






Individual images in the slide shows can be viewed here.

Eleven-Years Ago (16-December-2006) — New Jersey

Backyard Late Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Birds that Stay Through the Winter

A bright red male Northern Cardinal. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec).

Male Cardinal in New Jersey (David J Mathre)
Male Cardinal in New Jersey (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (17-May-2014) — Texas

South Texas Birding Photo Safari with Jason Odell Day 2.

Male Northern Cardinal at Dos Venadas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec).

Male Northern Cardinal at Don Vandas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec. (David J Mathre)
Male Northern Cardinal at Dos Venadas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/4 lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec. (David J Mathre)