POTW #7: Christmas Day Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal; Cardinalis cardinalis

focal length: 432 mm, aperture: f/3.5, shutter: 1/160 sec,  distance: 3 meters, location: Groton, CT.

This Cardinal didn’t do anything to help defend the Pope this Christmas, but I enjoyed her visit anyway. We’re visiting Beth’s parents in Connecticut for a few days. The birds put on an entertaining show several times a day at their many backyard feeders. This morning I saw six bluejays congregating at the trayfeeder for breakfast, but the camera wasn’t handy. I’ve never seen so many bluejays in such a small area before.

When we arrived in town late Wednesday evening, thirteen inches of snow covered the yard. Rain has basically washed it all away now. We packed our cross country skis, but skiing it seems will have to wait until we return to NH.

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