If you only saw one Cardinal a year, think how much you would appreciate their beauty. The male Cardinal in breeding colors is one of the most beautiful single colored birds in the world. Their fairly large size, their black mask and crest give them a distinctive and almost regal manner. Many birdwatchers all over the world outside of the U.S. view the Cardinal as a huge prize on their Life List.
Ah, but in my yard where I can hardly look out the window without seeing a Cardinal, their value as a noteworthy sight on my bird feeders honestly is not high. It is not that I don't see their beauty. It is just that I see it every day over and over again.
I'm not so crass as to not appreciate them at all, for one can't help but feel some joy in their beauty. Today, there were four males and at least five females around my yard (with ten feeders). I enjoyed watching them, along with the Goldfinches, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, House Finches, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, a single Pine Siskin, Chipping Sparrows, a Mockingbird and a couple of Song Sparrows. It was a busy day on the feeders.