Catching the wings.
Their breeding habitat is wooded areas including suburban parks and farmland across most of North America. They usually nest in trees, coniferous or deciduous, or sometimes on the ground. These birds forage on the ground or in low bushes, sometimes flying up to catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects and seeds.
These birds migrate to the southern United States and south to Mexico.
Can’t have enough of this magnificent bird.
Epargyreus clarus, the silver-spotted skipper, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is claimed to be the most recognized skipper in North America. E. clarus occurs in fields, gardens, and at forest edges and ranges from southern Canada throughout most of the United States.
A pause before flying away.
Three impressive poses of this female cardinal..
Well known for perching upside down with ease by holding strongly on tree barks, it’s always a delight to see them manage these positions.
The bright-blue breeding plumage of the male, easily observed on an open perch, makes this species a favorite of birders.