Friday, August 22, 2008

The Cardinal Bird























A day and then a week passed by:
The redbird hanging from the sill
Sang not: and all were wondering why
It was so still-
When one bright morning, loud and clear,
Its whistle smote my drowsy ear,
Ten times repeated, til the sound
Filled every echoing niche around;
And all things earliest loved by me,
The bird, the brook, the flower, the tree,
Came back again, as thus I heard
The cardinal bird.

-William Davis Gallagher

14 comments:

wendy said...

Oh I love Cardinals! They are one of my favorites! I have cardinals that come to my feeders all the time. Did you know they mate for life? Kind of gives you respect for them.
Beautiful bird, beautiful picture!

Darla said...

Great photo and poem.

Nick S said...

Lovely photo and poem Shelly. I still haven't seen a male Cardinal yet..

Shellmo said...

Wendy - me too - I used to have an older couple for the past 3 years but don't see them anymore. Thank you!

Darla - thank you for visiting and your nice comments!

Nick - I was so happy to see the cardinal yesterday (after millions of mourning doves and 3 noisy blue jays) that i thought he deserved his own poem as a tribute.

kjpweb said...

:) - It's a dab of color! Wonderful!
Cheers, Klaus

The Birdlady said...

Great! He's a little molty, but he doesn't know it - all he knows is that he's very beautiful.

jalynn01 said...

A splash of color for both my eye and ear. Love the poem!!

NCmountainwoman said...

Lovely shot and poem. We don't have a lot of cardinals since they prefer our neighbor's platform feeders. But they drop by occasionally and they are indeed beautiful.

Leedra said...

He looks like he is or has been molting just a little. Either way he doesn't look as bad as they do around here right now. Love that red.

Shellmo said...

KJ - it was nice to see "red" after so much blue and pink!

Birdlady - yes! I think they carry themselves like they know how handsome they are.

Jaylynn - thank you - glad you liked the poem too!

NC - it seems like I get the most cardinals in the winter.

Leedra - yes, definitely molting!

Jessica said...

I love cardinals! Every morning they are there to greet me with their chirping. I have one pair that must have nested near by because they have been around all summer and even brought their babies around too. I hope I get more in the winter when they are less territorial.

Sandy said...

This is a gorgeous shot!! That's is so red....

Eco Enthusiast said...

Nice photo of one of my favorite birds--the cardinal. I like the poem too.

hillgrandmom said...

The colour of the cardinal bird never ceases to amaze me when I see pictures of them.