DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — My Favorite Bird

I’ve been hearing northern Cardinals but had not seen one close up until Saturday. They don’t migrate — one of the handful of species that live in Minnesota all year.

I photographed this female (above) under one of our feeders in Bloomington.

We’ll soon be hearing more of them. Both the males and females sing in earnest in March and April to establish territories and attract mates. They are the opera stars of the bird world — each individual has 10 to 12 unique song types, although some diva cardinals can sing more than 25.

It’s music to my ears.

According to my guide book, to maintain contact, males and females also give short nonmusical, metallic sounding “chip notes” singly or in a series. The frequency and volume of these calls increase with the level of agitation.

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Avian April, Part 2

This spring, Michael Bogert just can’t stay away from the English Coulee, where there always seems be an abundance of birds to photograph.

MICHAEL BOGERT: Photo Gallery — Avian April

Grand Forks photographer Michael Bogert has had an eye for the birds this spring, capturing these images in his backyard and along the English Coulee in Grand Forks.