I finally stalked the cardinals long enough that I got a couple pix.
The male is bright red and sings his best to attract the female.
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.
I think that is a yellow-bellied sapsucker.
And these….are not something you hope to see in your backyard – 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.