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Soon there will be enough there for a “conclave.” Or, at least, a “consistory.”
State bird of Virginia. Gosh, they’re beautiful!
An apostolic visitation?
Ah yes the signaling of a great baseball season ahead.
My parents had a feeder in clear sight of the kitchen window at one house. There was a lilac bush about 12 feet from the window, and when the cardinals thought that the squirrels had eaten all their favorite bits, they’d go sit on the lilac bush and scold until somebody come out and filled the feeder. The little rascals are very bold.
And cheerful to watch.
best to all
Father thank you for sharing such splendid photos. The Cardinalidae is one of my favorites. Poor creatures are struggling here in California due to habitat loss and other factors.
Deus Lux Mea
As a kid in Rochester (NY), spotting a cardinal was a treat. Here in Ohio they’re much more plentiful. My kids don’t get why I get excited when I see one out the window.
Wow, I just went to get coffee and there was a cardinal underneath our feeder too — they show up just as it’s getting dark, and early in the morning. The female sometimes accompanies the male. I just love these birds — when they appear, it’s like a smile from God. Bless their hearts.
Can we have that one for Westminster? He looks brighter and more cardinalatial than the other candidates!
+Very charming and handsome fellow and he looks quite intelligent.When looking at birds we get a sense of the life of angelic beings.
+Was he named after the Cardinals or were the Cardinals named after him? I am reminded of the gospel line about the lilies who do nothing but are clothed with the greatest splendour in their dependency upon God.
Cardinals (the prelates) get their name from the Latin word “cardo” meaning “hinge”. They are called this because they are the “hinges” which support the Roman Curia. Cardinals (the birds) were named after the prelates because their plumage was reminiscent of the brilliant red vesture of the prelates.
Of course the female cardinals are an unappealing shade of yellow. Just why is it that male birds have the superior colors?
What a honor it is for these creatures, among the smallest in God’s creation, to have merited a mention by the Lord in Matt 6:26. Every bird seems to carry the pride of Matt 6:26 in it proud pose – the way the lowest subject in a Kingdom struts around with pride if he is mentioned by the King in an address.
And to be mentioned by the King of Kings . . . !
Father, thank you so much for posting these. I have only had the great pleasure of seeing a
cardinal two times. Your pictures have reminded me of how magnificent they are. Bellisima!
You can actually say that you had a Cardinal over for dinner, Father! LOL! [I’ve had the other kind, too. But that is another story.]
These photos just made my day. I have not seen a cardinal in longer than I can remember. We abound with doves, sparrows, scrub jays, and magpies, but no cardinals. **sigh**
Ah, now that’s a bird we have lots of in Alabama. I love cardinals! But you have the better view of them, Father, with the snow and the evergreens. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.
Yes cardinals are beautiful and stand out – especially in the snow. We have a lot of them – usually in pairs or a mother and son (who sits on a branch while mother brings seeds to him!).
My neighbor (a half mile away) always complains that they never visit him, but explains: “…it’s probably because I’m Lutheran and not Catholic.”…:)
Fr. Z, you’re so lucky to be surrounded by such plentiful beauty!
As an Ohio native, I miss the noble cardinal which doesn’t seem to be as numerous around this part of Minnesota as back home.
To my ears their song is one of great joy and triumph.
As French organist, composer and Catholic mystic Olivier Messiaen said, “Birds are messengers of eternal joy.”
Opening day is just a month away–go Cardinals!
Beautiful pictures of ‘their eminences’, Father!
I love hearing the songs of Cardinals!
Actually, the females are gray, not yellow….
little gal: Male birds get the brilliant plummage for the most basic of reasons – to attract the females!
Anyway, should a flock of cardinals be called a “consistory”?