Kerrdelune at Beyond the Fields We Know reminded me how striking Cardinals (the bird) are in the grays and whites of winter. I see them every day, and perhaps, have become jaded to their fiery red presence at my windows.
They stand out like Christmas ornaments in the holly trees.
Above are at least six cardinals with a few house finch thrown in for good measure.
This female above is missing her tail feathers (to a hawk perhaps). She seems to be well-balanced in spite of that and will have those feather grow back eventually.
Above is a young male just coming into his own for the mating season.
This female, taken at a great distance, also seems to have had an encounter with a predator. I hope she makes it through the winter! Happy Valentine's Day to you all.