Today I’d like to speak about the dude cardinal that lives on my block, one of the notable animal residents of Jersey City.
He is a beautiful, brilliantly bright-red bird and he runs this town.
The dude cardinal that lives on my block zips around very quickly so he is often hard to locate and always difficult to photograph.
We googled some shit about cardinals and it said that the males are “territorial song birds” so they sing in “a loud clear whistle” from the top of a tall tree or whatever to scare the other cardinal dudes off. So I’m pretty sure he’s the only dude cardinal around here, at least for a few blocks.
This dude cardinal on my block is SINGING HIS GOD DAMN FACE OFF all day every day. He’s lucky I like him because I usually hate loud noises. But I let him get away with it because he’s very handsome.
Most days we don’t see him at all, but EVERY DAY we hear him at least a few times.
The Internet also said cardinals like sunflower seeds, so I made sure to get birdseed that has some of those in it. Yesterday he was sitting in a tree looking very interested in the bird seed! But I haven’t seen him eating it yet. We’ll get there.
There’s also a lady cardinal, she’s brown. I haven’t gotten a picture of her yet but I hope one day I can get a little pic of them on a bird date. There are only so many small pleasures I can hope for in these dark times.
I know I said I was going to learn to use the real camera but I haven’t yet so these accompanying pics and vids are all I have for now.
It’s worth mentioning that I never once saw a cardinal anywhere in Jersey City in the last 12(?!) years until I moved up here to The Hill. The Hill certainly has its issues but there are a SHIT TON OF BIRDS. And I like that about it.