02.16.13 Cardinals are very very smart


We have two red headed, or red crested cardinals that hang out in our neighborhood. Every day, around 5 PM, they perch on our garden wall and start singing beautiful songs (or at least I think that is what they are doing – they may be cussing in cardinal). The songs get my attention and I go out and throw my parrot’s uneaten food on the ground. The two red crested cardinals come swooping down, followed by two black bulbuls and two mynah birds. I don’t know what it is with these birdie couples, but they come daily.

Yesterday I forgot to feed the birdies. One of the cardinals flies and lands across the street from where I was standing, dropping a piece of something on the sidewalk and picking it up in his beak. He repeated this dropping of the food on the ground about 8 times; a serious hint to feed him! He kept dropping it down, slamming it back onto the sidewalk, picking it back up and slamming it back down – up down up down up down. It was hilarious. I was on my way out the door for a late afternoon run, so I couldn’t feed him.

The two cardinals have actually been brave enough to come into my garage ¬†once when I was late feeding them – and I was in the garage! Brave…or stupid. Most times the cardinals just sing or make loud noises; sometimes one of them would somehow know I was in the bedroom, land on our Arabian Jasmine tree and sing his butt off. I have no idea how he knows I am in the bedroom.