As I start writing this, outside temperature is 88°F (31°C) and tomorrow promises to be even hotter. Looking out I saw a couple of Northern Cardinals arrive on our deck intent on checking out the birdfeeder.

Male Northern Cardinal.
Male Northern Cardinal: “Nothing on this glass table except empty shells!”
Male Northern Cardinal ready to jump on birdfeeder.
Male Northern Cardinal puffing up, maybe because of the heat?
Male Northern Cardinal looking 50% bigger.
Male Northern Cardinal about to fly up.

Meanwhile, the female was waiting for her turn in the shadow of the magnolia branches.

Female Northern Cardinal.
Female Northern Cardinal, so pretty.