Daily Archives: March 11, 2013

Cardinal Song

Such a welcome song after a winter so long

with color so bright against the bleak winter’s light.

© Julie Rehnelt 2013




I know these photos aren’t anything to brag about, but I have been trying to catch a shot of this little fella for quite some time.  I’ve been hearing his warning/alarm chirp sounds coming from the bush under my bedroom window all winter long, and then the other day I finally heard him singing.  He was up amidst the very top branches, so my rinky dink camera had to use all of its zoom-in powers that it could muster, which wasn’t much, but I still feel triumphant to have captured a shot at all, especially from in between all the tree branches.

Although we have cardinals all year round in Minnesota, they usually don’t start singing until spring is approaching.  Looking outside right now at all the barrenness and snow I may not see any signs of spring, but hearing this little guy singing up in my tree makes me hopeful it’s not too far away.

It’s really interesting how something so simple as a bird’s song can fill one with hope…


This isn’t the best quality video, but the sound is exactly what I was hearing while I took these photos.


And this is the sound I’ve been hearing coming from my bush all winter.  Minus the trickling water of course.


I love little birds.  ♥