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November 30, 2015
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Red for a reason

Male Northern cardinals punctuate the winter landscape with their intense red plumage. Females are more muted in color, which helps camouflage them in the nest. Males are now actively singing to attract mates.
TRR photo by Sandy Long

NestWatch is looking for more participants to expand its program and aid understanding of this beautiful bird and other bird species. Visit for tips, stats, species information and details about how to monitor nests as part of the free project. Other targeted species include the Eastern bluebird, tree swallow, house wren, black-capped chickadee, American robin, Eastern phoebe, barn swallow, mourning dove, house finch and more.