Having enjoyed a “four pecker” morning ( Pileated, Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied), I was relishing a record-species feeder day. Although this was not to be ( 13 species in total), we did enjoy the presence of seven Northern Cardinals at the feeder at one time. Over my longish career of birding, I have never seen more than a pair together at one time. How uncommon is this sighting? (Some cardinals flock up in winter and only visit a handful of feeders, if indeed any at all – D.M.)

Location: David Fife Line, Keene
Observer: Michael Gillespie

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.