The Feeder Feed: death edition

I haven’t seen “Ray” the Cardinal for a while.  He is usually in and out chomping on the saffron and sunflower.

I was out for a walk earlier and found a dead male Cardinal.

I suspect it was “Ray”.

We shall see.

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  1. KAS says:

    Oh, that is sad. Like most animals we enjoy, they do not live long enough to suit us. If it was Ray, I hope you find his sons and daughters have mates and are visiting your feeders in his place.

  2. Round up Cock Robin along with the usual suspects.

  3. benedetta says:

    I am sorry to hear that Ray the cardinal may have met his demise.

    I was anticipating hearing about the feeder feed update today as for the very first time since I have lived here I encountered one rather large-ish quite orange oriole who perched at the highest point for a time in the center of the yard. Then flew over to another high point to one side then disappeared into a cluster of trees. I don’t see them around very commonly and where the oriole was today usually I see cardinals. I even put grape jelly down on the grocery list and am scheming how to rig something up for this friend.

  4. If you put out the grape jelly, the Orioles will find it. They are on the move again, by the way, and will probably appreciate the high-energy snack.

  5. lizaanne says:

    I have to wonder – how many Catholics have cardinals named Raymond. I know we do! ;-)
    Wishing all your feathered friends well, Father.

  6. wanda says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Ray. But like KAS said above, pehaps before long you will look out and see a couple of young Cardinals that may be, could be, Ray’s contribution to the world.

  7. A Cooper’s Hawk got Claudia our female backyard cardinal.

  8. MJ says:

    Sorry to hear about Ray. :( That is sad!

  9. Legisperitus says:

    “Death edition”! That’s a masthead I wouldn’t mind seeing on the Fishwrap. As in their last ever!

  10. Random Friar says:

    Keep a sharp lookout for other deaths. If there’s a cluster, clean your feeders and birdbaths very well, with a bleach solution. You could also call the local animal control people and they can determine if it was something to worry about.

  11. Former Altar Boy says:

    Sorry, Father. I know what it’s like to become attached to a wild animal and have them die.

  12. Elizabeth D says:

    Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Mt 10:29 NAB

  13. amenamen says:

    A Cardinal named Ray?

  14. Man is born to labor, and the bird to fly. [Job 5:7]

  15. benedetta says:

    Fr. Z, I haven’t picked up grape jelly yet but I have figured out where I could place it at the feeder for the oriole who visited. I read in a birding book I received as a child, surprisingly enough, according to the inscription by parents with my name, on Easter 1977, orioles are also called hangnests because of the sort of precarious seeming way then tend to set up camp.

  16. tealady24 says:

    Poor Ray. Hopefully he had a good long Cardinal life! Where I live not a day goes by I don’t see the carnage on the sides of the roads and occasionly, (and I wish it weren’t so), I run over a little squirrel or chippie who whirls out in front of my car at the last second, and there is just nothing you can do. I alway feel so bad -d-d!

  17. irishgirl says:

    Poor Ray the cardinal! : (

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