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Seize the Moment!

2013 January 11

By Lina Younes

In my first blog of the New Year, I described how a lively cardinal greeted me during my first morning walk of 2013. Since I was not able to capture the scene with my camera at the time, I was determined to do so this past weekend.

On Saturday morning, I decided to go out on my morning walk equipped with my camera from the start. I retraced my steps in search of the animated bird. Although I could hear chirping in the background, the little cardinal was nowhere to be found. On Sunday morning, I repeated my quest and was quickly rewarded with the sights and sounds of the little cardinal that was flying from branch to branch chirping away. It seemed that he was courting another female cardinal that was quietly perched on one of the higher branches of the same tree. Since I was able to capture the scene this time, I decided to share some pictures with you.


While spring is officially several months away, I already noticed some increased activity among the birds in our neighborhood. It definitely helps having bushes and trees in the area that are welcoming to birds and other of nature’s creatures all year round.

I’m eager to explore activities that will allow me and my family to enjoy the great outdoors. Bird-watching offers such an opportunity. Regardless of your interests, taking a walk, breathing the fresh air, enjoying nature are nice ways to start the day. What are you interested in? Please share your thoughts with us.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

62 Responses leave one →
  1. Gianni Nocchi permalink
    January 11, 2013

    really beautiful bird! :D

  2. SPEEDUP HOSTING permalink
    January 11, 2013

    I love red bird.

  3. Shane permalink
    January 11, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading your story starting the new year off right. I can’t believe its already 2013!! Well anyways what i really enjoy doing in the morning that i just started up doing again is working out. Not a lot just a slow start. 5 push ups this morning and 6 tomorrow. Soon i will be up to over a 100 and itll be summer. Hopefully i can be like that hunk bird. haha, anyways thank you very much Lina take care!

  4. web hosting (http://www.fastwebonline.in ) permalink
    January 11, 2013

    we all birds, one of the beautiful creation of god and a great ahowcase of nature.
    but the cruel fact is in my erea we are loosing these beauties because of mobile tower. how to stop this…..

  5. Vicky permalink
    January 12, 2013

    Very Nice Photo of cardinal. I heard this birds are no more available like this. But have good news for them like yours. I have research about various bird and lost of books. But Now you have surprise me bye taking their photo in early morning. I also appreciate your hard work which is done you to take picture with your cameras. I will eagerly to wait for your new blog and photo. Best of luck for next achievement.

  6. Newezine permalink
    January 12, 2013

    Read more about birds on our articles directory.

  7. Alexander permalink
    January 12, 2013

    I am agree. To start the day with walk, breathing the fresh air, listening the songs of the birds are the beautiful emotions. And while this is possible it is necessary to use.

  8. กระดาษ permalink
    January 13, 2013

    About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA.

  9. prapan permalink
    January 14, 2013

    i like it good article

  10. ady permalink
    January 14, 2013

    interesting article,,

  11. Lina-EPA permalink*
    January 14, 2013

    Thanks, Shane for your comments. Working out is also a good way to “wake up” all the senses to start the new day. Happy New Year!
    Lina-EPA

  12. Lina-EPA permalink*
    January 14, 2013

    Thank you, Vicky

    This weekend I saw a family of blue jays flying among the trees. They were too far to take a good picture. Will try for a future blog.
    Have a nice day.
    Lina-EPA

  13. Pete permalink
    January 14, 2013

    Very good picture of the cardinal. It is interesting that they are around at this time of the year as you noted. Birds are a norm year around here on the west coast, but i rarely see colorful ones such as a cardinal or robin where I live. Highlights for me have been humming birds, a roadrunner once in a while and there has been an owl hanging out at night. I havent been able to get a good look at the owl. Hopefully I can take your inspiration for the morning walk to see more varieties and get a little exercise. Thank you.

  14. Lina-EPA permalink
    January 14, 2013

    Thanks, Pete Definitely recommend the morning walk. I’ve seen some interesting birds, but I have never seen a real roadrunner! You beat me there!
    Take care,
    Lina

  15. Pooh permalink
    January 14, 2013

    I crazy like cardinal. And I really enjoyed reading your story.

  16. yarn permalink
    January 15, 2013

    I like birds but I do not have pictures of rare birds.

  17. Artist permalink
    January 15, 2013

    wow interesting

  18. StridesNshapes permalink
    January 16, 2013

    Cardinals are one of the prettiest birds. Our backyard is blessed with frequent visits by these beautiful creatures.

  19. Dan G permalink
    January 16, 2013

    Great article. The birds are amazing.

  20. Lina-EPA permalink*
    January 17, 2013

    Thanks for all your comments. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of birds visiting our backyard. That’s why it’s important to plant the right trees and shrubs so that birds and other pollinators will visit you often.

  21. Chris Lody permalink
    January 20, 2013

    Wow, Great article!

    I love
    red bird

  22. Graham Street permalink
    January 21, 2013

    These are terrific photographs! I am so happy to see cardinals featured. I just saw a bird watching poster at a local park today, and am considering it as a spring nature-consciousness activity

  23. Lina-EPA permalink*
    January 23, 2013

    Thanks, Graham
    I think spring bird-watching is a great activity. Hope to write more blogs on this subject. Thanks for your comments.

  24. breadluck.com permalink
    January 25, 2013

    very nice foto. beautiful red bird..i like it

  25. Samuel Samuel Wijaya permalink
    January 26, 2013

    Great Article , I’m Verry Love Bird , Because Bird Is beautifull

  26. topusa.cheapforusa.com permalink
    January 27, 2013

    These are terrific photographs! I am so happy to see cardinals featured. I just saw a bird watching poster at a local park today, and am the right trees and shrubs so that birds and other pollinators will visit you often.

  27. idomodern permalink
    January 29, 2013

    very nice foto. beautiful red bird..i like it

  28. Lilian permalink
    February 1, 2013

    i like it good article

  29. Compra Shop Virtual permalink
    February 3, 2013

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    February 4, 2013

    Because Bird Is beautifull

  31. Toxicologia permalink
    February 4, 2013

    These are terrific photographs! I am so happy to see cardinals featured. I just saw a bird watching poster at a local park today, and am considering it as a spring nature-consciousness activity.

  32. Rental Mobil Jogja www.alindstransport.com permalink
    February 17, 2013

    Nice Bird, is that also live in indonesia

  33. Tripsetc (www.tripsetc.com) permalink
    February 17, 2013

    Cardinals are lovely birds . I guess their lovers are lucky now as it seems that this bird has extended it’s habitat north of the Ohio River. Cardinals are seen mostly in the Eastern US from Lower canada and extending south all the way to the Gulf Coast. They can be found in fields, hedges, swamps, and parks and gardens.

  34. http://blawyerh.com permalink
    February 20, 2013

    red cardinal, i never seen before, so cute

  35. Lina-EPA permalink
    February 28, 2013

    Thanks, Tripsetc

    I’ve seen this pair of cardinals frequently around my yard. I’ll be writing follow up blogs on the issue. Stay tuned.

    Lina-EPA

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    March 5, 2013

    I Love this bird.

  37. Acompanhantes de Brasília permalink
    March 10, 2013

    Nice Article.

  38. Gamawan permalink
    March 13, 2013

    i have more birds in my place. this nice article thanks

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    March 14, 2013

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    March 14, 2013

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    March 19, 2013

    Untill the end i read this entry.. in my head heard three little birds song from bob marley. Btw, awesome article..
    much respect

  44. ZayCoel permalink
    March 20, 2013

    we all birds, one of the beautiful creation of god and a great ahowcase of nature.
    but the cruel fact is in my erea we are loosing these beauties because of mobile tower. how to stop this

  45. BOX permalink
    March 24, 2013

    wow ! .. red cardinal, nice article !

  46. Anonymous permalink
    April 5, 2013

    Wow, Great article! I love Very Much

  47. Sam, http://www.samuelgertler.co.uk permalink
    April 7, 2013

    Well written article, and amazing looking bird, beautiful colour it has.

  48. tonyhlav permalink
    April 11, 2013

    Hello, nice pictures there of the birds. :)

    tonyhlav:

  49. jasa sumur bor permalink
    April 21, 2013

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  50. Hrushikesh permalink
    April 27, 2013

    Nice Article.

    Enjoyed reading your story …

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