MATES FOR LIFE were just one of the many birds that grace my backyard bird feeders during the winter months. I love the snow and particularly enjoy photographing birds in the snow especially Cardinals.
Cardinals are very common in the Pennsylvania area. They grace our yards year round. Their main food is seed, berries and insects. In the spring the female will lay 3-4 bluish or greenish white egg marked with brown, purple and gray. Incubation is not mainly by mom. Eggs hatch around 12-14 days and the young are fed by both parents. The little one leave the nest around 9-11 days after hatching. The Cardinals have 2-3 broods each year. Cardinals mate for life.