Splashes of Color

Earlier this week I was talking to my Mom on the phone, and somehow we got on the subject of birds, and which ones had been showing up in our yards lately.  Now, the back of my parents' yard is up against protected land, which is wooded, and so they get LOTS of birds on their feeders.  They also have a LOT of feeders, offering every kind of seed imaginable.  They get lots of woodpeckers and gorgeous goldfinches, besides all the sparrows and finches and blue jays and starlings and so forth.  Mom asked if I'd had any cardinals, and I hadn't, yet.  Neither had she, which is odd, considering the location and the menu available.

And then, later that day, I looked out my kitchen window and saw him: