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Northern Cardinals
March 07, 2016

Your Prayers are once again needed.

Yolanda was brought into the hospital once again, early Tuesday morning.

Yet again, another bowel obstruction.

To add insult, her appendix ruptured and surgery to remove was Saturday morning.

Poison was everywhere, A foot of the small intestine was removed as well as several inches of the colon that was covered in the mess.

She will remain hospitalized for the next few days.

God never promised an easy life.

He does promise He is always there for us, however.

On a lighter side.

Snicker Doodles did get spayed a couple days later than originally scheduled.

She also had seven baby teeth removed.

She is slowly returning to her playful self.

The grow light is fired up and pepper seeds are planted.

Karen's geraniums are soaking up the light right now.

Another late winter snow storm rolled through Michigan.

The following day, I made my first batch of sun tea (tasty).

This week promises to be much warmer with several days of rain.

Is winter finally over?

I'm not holding my breath.

The Northern Cardinal is Yolanda's favorite bird.

She often lets out a loud voice when she sees one.

We have several feeding stations around the yard, including a feeder placed outside her bedroom window just for her.

Cardinals among several other birds feed on the Black oilers I place in the feeder.

A simple pleasure she enjoys.

Thinking of Yolanda, I am honoring her a bit this week by writing a small bit on cardinals this week.


Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Growing up, I had a neighbor friend that would call cardinals Red jays (because they were similar looking to Blue jays).

Yolanda and I will often call them Red jays as a running joke.

That said, they are not related in any way.

Blue jays are part of the Corvid/crow family.

Cardinals are in the Cardinalidae family.

One of the most identifiable birds on the North American continent is the Northern cardinal.

The cardinal is such a beloved bird that it has been named the state bird of seven states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

It is also the mascot for countless sports teams.

Once a bird of the deep south, the range of northern cardinals has been shifting north and west.

They have expanded their common range of the deep south, north through the United States and even into Canada.

They are also expanding west, reaching part of Arizona and to the base of the Rocky mountains.

This population growth may be due to an increase of human activity and possibly winter bird feeders.

A side note:

Cardinals don't migrate, they do however, immigrate.

Northern Cardinals are very territorial and males will defend their zone from intruders -- or even reflections.

You may have experienced a male cardinal attacking a window or mirror.

The males, and even sometimes females during breeding season, will attack what they think is an intruder, but really it's their own reflection.

Feeders are an easy way to attract cardinals to your yard.

Cardinals favor sunflower seeds, so use them if you want to increase your chances of having a vividly red visitor to your yard.

You may even watch some courtship as he feeds his mate.

Throughout the spring and into autumn, Cardinals bring their young and teach them the tricks of the trade.

When you hear a cardinal singing, it just might be a female.

Northern cardinals are one of the few species of birds where both male and female sing.

We are blessed to have a resident pair or two during breeding season and multiple pair during the winter months.

Often more than I can count at one time.

The picture below is just one little frame showing some of the Red birds that show up to feed.

Learn more about Northern Cardinals by clicking here.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

b>"Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments".

Kevin Costner (1955-) American Actor, Producer and Director

Stay true to your ideals and firm in your faith.

"Be on your guard;
stand firm in the faith;
be courageous; be strong".

1 Corinthians 16:13

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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