One Cardinal singing ..

 Took this picture on the Piqua Bike Path ... female Northern Cardinal ( Cardinalis cardinalis )

Took this picture on the Piqua Bike Path ... female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

The female is not as colorful as the male, but they are beautiful and fun to watch. I read they can live 15 years, and are the state bird of seven states, including Ohio.

They are easy to spot around my home.  I didn’t see her mate, but I’m guessing he was nearby. They are monogamous. I think this is the same female I photographed with her lover last summer. 😳