Backyard Birds in Texas

I finally stalked the cardinals long enough that I got a couple pix.

Male Cardinal
Male Cardinal

The male is bright red and sings his best to attract the female.

Female Cardinal
Female Cardinal

The female is more of a brown with an orange beak.  I think she’ll sing a similar song but this one just made a quick “cheap” every now and then while she listened.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

I think that is a yellow-bellied sapsucker.

And these….are not something you hope to see in your backyard – Black Vultures

Black Vultures
Black Vultures

But, unless you put roadkill in your backyard feeder, you probably won’t.  My parents live on a lake in East Texas and there was a dead fish in the neighbors yard.  These guys and the turkey vultures were feeding on the fish.


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