First Snow | Cardinal Waits

We have our first snow of the season in Iowa this morning. There is about 3″ on the ground and nearly stopped. I filled the feeders since the birds will find it harder to locate food. This cardinal sat for the longest time in the thicket nearby. I like how he is all fluffed up. Now, he and chickadees, titmouse, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and juncos are busy checking out the new supply.

Cardinalis cardinalis

Cardinalis cardinalis


10 thoughts on “First Snow | Cardinal Waits

  1. shoreacres

    They’re gorgeous birds, and your photo is really appealing. I always was glad that my high school in Newton had a cardinal for a mascot, rather than something else. No snow for us, but there are near-freezing temperatures coming. It’s time to start putting out a little extra seed.

    1. Jim Ruebush Post author

      They are so bright and colorful against the greys and snow.

      Our high temps will be barely above 20˚ by Friday. That will send cold air your way. You might need a jacket. Our 4″ of snow is nearly gone. Several neighbors got all excited and fired up snow blowers. I just let it sit. Didn’t even touch a shovel. It all melted on its own. 🙂

  2. Mrs. P

    What a cutie! I love the contrast of the bright red and the white snow.

    Cardinals are one of my favorite birds! Being from California, I rarely saw them. Now I see them all the time when the weather is nice down here. They seem to like to look at themselves in the car door mirrors…peck, peck pecking…every day!


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