7 Things you should know about Cardinals

  • Cardinals prefer to face their food while eating. If you are using a tube feeder add a seed catching tray for better results.
  • Their favorite seeds are safflower and black oil sunflower. Straight safflower is great because it will also deter squirrels!
  • Cardinals love birdbaths, the water level should be 2-3 inches at the deepest part.
  • Cardinals prefer dense coverage such as large shrubs, thick vines, and evergreen trees.
  • Cardinals will hatch up to 4 broods in one season. The male tends the one while the female starts the next brood.
  • The male cardinal is very defensive; it will spend hours fighting its reflection in windows. Putting window silhouettes on reflective surfaces can fix this problem.
  • Cardinals can live up to 15 years in the wild.

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