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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

Bird on a Wire 1

Bird on a Wire 2

The other day whilst walking out to my car, I noticed this female cardinal was perched on the passenger side mirror. Then theĀ cardinal flew to the windshield and sort of hovered there, like a hummingbird, looking inside the car. She then flew to the passenger side window, kept looking inside, and then flew away.

Today when I arrived home from work, I heard this chirping. I looked up and saw the cardinal in the low branches of a tree next to my driveway. Quickly, she made her way to the driver’s side mirror, and then spent the next few minutes flying back and forth from the clothesline to the mirror to the driver’s side window.

I think she’s in love (or something like it) with my car!

I don’t mind, really, ’cause it’s not like my car isĀ in a committed relationship with anyone but me (I have a feeling it’s still a bit pissed over the whole stuck-in-the-mud incident); in fact, I was glad to be able to snap so many shots of the cardinal while she flitted back and forth. I mean, I prefer male cardinals because they’re so much prettier (how shallow is that?!), but they are amongst the flightiest birds around — and female cardinals are even more hyper!

Bird on a Mirror

Bird on a Window

Bird on a Window Ledge

August 2020

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