After a trip to Starved Rock in Utica, Illinois (they had bird feeders set up) I started feeding the birds in my backyard. With the feeders I found that I could enjoy the beauty of the winter birds from the warmth of my family room window!
This cardinal, and his mate, visit my feeders every day. At first I couldn’t get a picture of him because he was so skittish. He is still cautious, but he now lets me get close enough to get some pictures. His mate is always around, but she hasn’t let me get close enough to get a decent picture. Hopefully I will get a picture of her soon.
I love bluejays! There was a time in our area when most of the jays died off. Now, they are much more common. I have found that bluejays are even more skittish than cardinals, so I had a hard time getting photos. However, just like the cardinal, the jays are now getting used to seeing me and I have gotten some nice photos.