Here's a female cardinal about to indulge in one of many grapes which I've placed on a saucer in my rooftop garden for the dining pleasure of the birds who visit me.
She may be related to Cam, the female cardinal who authored the book, Words In Our Beak.
As many who follow my cyber-venues, Cam is very near and dear to my heart.
Moreover, she has taught me a number of things re the many members of the avian community, especially her bird type. Prior to my meeting Cam, I was not too familiar with female cardinals.
I knew about the male cardinal as he is the state bird of Illinois where I spent my childhood through early adulthood years.
Moreover, according to a web-page, the male cardinal is also "the bird of six other states (Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia), making it the most popular state bird."
This aforementioned web-page proclaims "it is also the name of the St. Louis professional baseball team and the Arizona Cardinals professional football team, and is the mascot of numerous university athletic teams, including the Stanford Cardinals, the Louisville Cardinals, and the Wesleyan Cardinals."
The cardinal is also the mascot for Dundee Community High School (DCHS) in Illinois. In that situation the spelling of cardinals was changed to cardunals to represent the communities served by DCHS which include Dundee, Carpentersville, and, Algonquin, Illinois.
DCHS is the high-school that I attended and my experience there was filled with pain. Therefore, I am most thankful that for the past few years, I've been able to associate cardinals with much better things than a horrible high-school experience.
During these past few days, I have been reminded of the many associations attributed to cardinals, and this is largely because a male cardinal has been spending a good deal of time at my wreath-style bird feeder; a feeder that accommodates whole peanuts.
Photographs of a cardinal making himself at home within my wreath-style bird feeder can be seen in the following pictures.
My seeing him take delight in spending time at my bird-feeder, prompted me to revisit the aforementioned web-page, which also proclaims the following re cardinals.
When one sees a (male) cardinal, he "tells you that you can handle it, and to believe in yourself. It is important to be proud of yourself for your abilities or for the things you have achieved. The cardinal’s bright red feathers and cheerful song call attention to him wherever he goes. If you see a cardinal, it may be telling you to stand up, lift your head high, and take pride in yourself."
This page goes on to state this:
"Accept compliments that come your way, and acknowledge your achievements. The cardinal’s bright red plumage also calls you to open yourself to creative energy. Have you been feeling blocked or dull lately? Are you looking for a new way to express yourself? Call on the cardinal to help you open up and get your creativity flowing again. The red feathers link it with fire, the element of activity, vitality, and passion. If you are feeling lethargic, the cardinal may lend you its energy to help you get back on your feet. Likewise, it can be a good bird with whom to work if you are struggling to handle depression. If you are having difficulty dealing with anger, however, seeing a cardinal may remind you to take a step or two back.... Red is the color of the root chakra, the energy center associated with stability, survival, and security, and feeling unsettled in any of these areas may be influencing your anger issue. Examine the areas of your life connected to these subjects for clues to the source of your emotional state, and move to make them better."
I'm not sure how much I buy into these proclamations, but they do give me food for thought, as I observe the male cardinal availing himself of peanuts from my feeder, and in some instances, burying a "found" peanut within the confines of a container which houses my 'Tamukeyama.'
I also think of the ideas re cardinals (brought forth by the web-page I've been mentioning) when I see them in nearby Central Park or within Theodore Roosevelt Park (a cardinal in both locations respectively can be seen in the images directly below).
The first one in the set is in Central Park and the second-fourth images feature this bird type hanging out in the tree tops near Theodore Roosevelt Park.
I am so thankful to rid myself of the "cardunal" association re this lovely bird variety! Perhaps the web-page I've been referencing is correct!
Maybe this bird type is telling me that I can handle it, and to believe in myself. For indeed the web-page is right in stating,"It is important to be proud of yourself for your abilities or for the things you have achieved. The cardinal’s bright red feathers and cheerful song call attention to him wherever he goes. If you see a cardinal, it may be telling you to stand up, lift your head high, and take pride in yourself." —That's a nice Friday thought to be feeling!
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