Strikingly Beautiful Birds - Cardinals

It seems appropriate to start a post on this special and beloved bird with a poem. Here is the first stanza of a poem by William Davis Gallagher written in the 19th century.


The Cardinal Bird

A day and then a week passed by:
  The redbird hanging from the sill
Sang not; and all were wondering why
It was so still—
When one bright morning, loud and clear,
Its whistle smote my drowsy ear,
Ten times repeated, till the sound
Filled every echoing niche around;
And all things earliest loved by me,—
The bird, the brook, the flower, the tree,—
Came back again, as thus I heard
    The cardinal bird.

- See more at: http://allpoetry.com/The-Cardinal-Bird#sthash.4xnbsY2t.dpuf

Now some beautiful pictures of Cardinals - keep the poem in the back of your mind as you view these images beginning with Audubon and the Northern Cardinal of North America.

Audubon: Cardinal
Audubon: Cardinal
John James Audubon




Female Northern Cardinal in Snowy Pine Tree


Female Northern Cardinal in Snowy Pine Tree
Adam Jones




Male Cardinal With Wings Spread, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


Male Cardinal With Wings Spread
Wendy Kaveney




Red Crested Cardinal
Red Crested Cardinal
F.w. Frohawk




Dominican Cardinal, "The Pope",
Dominican Cardinal
F.w. Frohawk




Green Cardinal
Green Cardinal
F.w. Frohawk




Yellow Billed Cardinal, Brown Throated or Lesser Cardinal
Yellow Billed Cardinal
F.w. Frohawk




Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis Cardinalis) Female on Snowy Ground, Long Island, New York


Northern Cardinal Female on Snowy Ground
Tom Vezo/Minden...




A Touch of Red
A Touch of Red
Kevin Daniel




Male Northern Cardinal among Crabapple Blossoms


Male Northern Cardinal among Crabapple Blossoms
Adam Jones




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