My new theory on the cardinal who seems to adore my Grand Am is that she is protecting her nest and/or her mate from intruders/predators — not from my car, but from her own reflection in the window of my car, which she perceives as being another (female) bird.

Or maybe she is in love. Who knows? Either way, she doesn’t seem to mind me getting relatively close (within 30 feet or so) and taking a few pictures, so what do I care? (Except she does have this nasty habit of pooping on top of the car door!)

Girl Cardinal 1

Girl Cardinal 2

Girl Cardinal 3

Eventually, a male cardinal made an appearance. Only for a few seconds, though, and then they flew off to who knows where … but they’ll be back, I’m sure. I hope!

Boy Cardinal 1