Northern Cardinal, BraeBurn No, 5, January 23, 2017
The Northern Cardinal is one of the most common birds in America; the mascot of many sports teams, universities, and high schools; a year-round resident in the eastern part of the United States and much of Mexico down to northern Belize; and is the state bird of seven US states.  They are even residents of Hawaii - apparently they were introduced in 1929 and have flourished there.
 
The Cardinal is one of the easiest birds to see and identify because of its bright cardinal red color, its black mask, oversized red bill for crushing seeds, and its classic red crest.  Its scientific name even shouts red, Cardinalis cardinalis, in case you didn’t know it was redAnd if that isn’t enough red for you, the Cardinals as well as the Tanagers, Grosbeaks, and Buntings, all brush-dwelling seed and insect eaters, are in the family Cardinalidae.
 
The male is shown in the photo above; the female shares the red bill and the crest, but is a more muted red and brown.  Cardinal pairs stay together from nest building through caring for the young and do not migrate.  Male Cardinals are protective of their territory and have been known to feed females beak to beak.  And both male and female Cardinals sing with a series of loud, clear whistles and songs that are quite distinctive, once you get to know them.
 
You can expect to see a Cardinal at BraeBurn on any hole but I have seen them most commonly on the cart path side of hole number five, where I took the photo shown above on a clear winter day.