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On the 4th of July I posted pictures of young cardinals on this blog. Now, two months later, they have become almost full-fledged adults. Almost, because they have not lost their ebullience and still come together to the bird feeder as a group full of energy and enthusiasm.

Here’s a youthful male cardinal, with a goldfinch and a chickadee.

Cardinal, goldfinch, and chicadee

Cardinal, goldfinch, and chickadee

Next is a svelte female who has lost her baby fat and roundness.

Female cardinal

Female cardinal

Another young male:

Cardinal

Cardinal

Here’s a juvenile woodpecker who is toying with a sunflower seed.

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

Finally, a pitiful older gentleman who was molting and still did not have his full complement of feathers.

Molting cardinal

Molting cardinal

 

 

 

 

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