The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: A Spot of Red on a Dreary Landscape Always Stands Out!

A Spot of Red on a Dreary Landscape Always Stands Out!

A Spot of Red on a Dreary Landscape Always Stands Out!

Just in case any of you haven't figured this out yet, I am an avid birdwatcher.  I love the little "sooty" juncos that frequent our yard, and I am quite partial to chickadees.  But my favorite (during the winter) is "Mr. Cardinal" as he is always visible even when he is only a speck because of his brilliant red!  Okay, "Mrs. Cardinal" is kinda cool, too . . .

Here he is adding a little brilliance to my day!

Cardinal at Feeder

 

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, MRP, SRES 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718

 

 

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Comment balloon 24 commentsChris Canfield • January 16 2011 10:10PM

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I've always like the chickadees, too, but the little finches are my favorite!  Very handsome photo!

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) almost 8 years ago

We have more cardinals this year than I have ever seen, so beautiful with the snow in the background

Posted by Anonymous almost 8 years ago

Hi Melanie - I do love my chickadees and cardinals during the winter, but when the birds return they get a bit of competition--I am quite partial to goldfinches and hummingbirds.

 

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Commenter #2--thanks for commenting!  There do seem to be a surprising number of cardinals around this year (or perhaps with all the snow they are just that much easier to see?).

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris, Cardinals are wonderful to have around in the snow!  Do you ever get downey woodpeckers? The males have that red spot on their head.  I can not get a good photo of them.

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Chris--We love them all.  We have had lots of BlueJays---my husband has been putting out peanuts in the shell.  I think the doves are my favorite---they seem so calm and peaceful.

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) almost 8 years ago

Hi Gloria - We most certainly do get Downey woodpeckers--they are very hard to capture, but one of our kids' friends got some great shots from our front porch.  Here is one great one from HeyMagpie.

Downey Woodpeckers by HeyMagpie

 

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pat - We have lots of Blue Jays and Doves too.  The Blue Jays cause too much upset at the feeders to be my favorites (although I do enjoy how colorful they are) and the doves are fun to watch but a little too calm and peaceful.  : )  I guess I like the ones who do something but not too much.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris, you are so right about the magic of those Red guy Cardinals. They can fly into town and paint it red just be being there, especially when you help them by feeding them during those New England winters.

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty Partners) almost 8 years ago

Hi Emily - Think of how dreary life would be if we didn't feed the birds.  You know they are only in my yard for the abundance of free food!  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris, Great photo of the woodpeckers.  I'm going to keep trying to get a photo as they land on our suet feeder.

And that baffle on your feeder is great in that the birds can feed on it.  I use a downward cone that the birds slide off.

Happy birding!
Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Wow! Beautiful bird, Chris. Cool photo, too. (And, man, does it look cold there!)

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) almost 8 years ago

Hi Gloria - Very high tech and highly expensive squirrel proofing devices!  The pole is a 6" pvc pipe (a trick I learned from the White Family Foundation in Litchfield); but once one squirrel somehow learned to shimmy up it anyway, I added the lid to one of my trash cans in desperation!  The doves love to walk around on it.  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Bill - You have no idea how cold--I don't want to talk about it.  : )  That's really a blue jay who is so cold he turned red!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

I remember growing up in Wisconsin how the return of the robins signalled spring. Looks like this cardinal is just there for a photo opp, and there's more snow on the way!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 8 years ago

Hi John - I am always looking for Robins, but they certainly are not here yet.  The cardinals in my yard love to get into pictures.  I am going out to install a bubble over my house right now to keep any new snow off . . .

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris,

The red Cardinal always stands out and is one of the most remarkable and brilliantly colored birds.  My Mother loved Cardinal Birds and we would always try to find her something that had a Cardinal on it for Christmas every year.  I really enjoy the photo you took...   one of my favorite color combinations to work with when I stage is black, white and red, those colors together just pop!

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Hi Linda - My kids and their friends know that I love cardinals and gold finches--so I get photos, drawings, and ornaments of them quite often!  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris, I missed this yesterday, Great photo of the Cardinal!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Tony and Darcy - The birds had a little tougher time eating today . . . Will this winter ever end?

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Chris, with all that "white" the cardinal is just stunning!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 8 years ago

Hi Joan - You should see it today with all the ice (or just be glad you don't have the ice).  : )

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Nice shot Chris.  I love the cardinals because of their beautiful color.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Debra - That's how I feel about them too!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

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