Isolation Photo Project, Day 87

When I saw this bird with a crest of feathers sitting in the branches of our Sassafras tree, I thought to myself, "that looks like a cardinal, but it's not red". I popped the photo over to the Merlin BirdID app on my iPhone for identification. I had assumed that male and female Northern Cardinal's were red. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that that bird in my photography is a female Northern Cardinal. I had been trying to photograph the male bird for a few weeks but he has remained elusive.

Male Cardinals are entirely red with black feathers around the bill, while females are brown with a red tail, red bill and a reddish tinge on the wings.

The Merlin BirdID app is a project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. The app provides free, instant bird ID help for 6,000+ birds for North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Submitted as part of the 100DaysToOffload project.

Isolation Photo Project, Day 16

Jeff's Isolation Photo Project is all about capturing at least one photograph a day without leaving your backyard. For the project, I have photographed around Downton Princeton, in the nearby forest hiking trails, inside my house, but I have not yet photographed my backyard. Until now.

Until now, my backyard had been mostly devoid of anything I consider attractive. I live in a planned community of townhomes where everything is designed to be “vanilla”. Our backyard is shared, community space, with several other units. There is a fence that separates our community from an estate and some woods. We are fortunate in that our section of townhomes has more forests than others. Right along the fence is one or two of the original trees from before the houses were built. Each year I have noticed a patch of spring beauties, claytonia Virginia, appear. Up until now, there was nothing all week, but today, the "beauties" have bloomed.

Spring Beauty, claytonia virginica | 7 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm
Spring Beauty, claytonia virginica | 7 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm
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