Arizonans not so fortunate as to have seen a male northern cardinal may think of cardinals only as a football team. But these bright red birds do live here. And yesterday, on a quest to capture a photo for Earth Day (which is today), Anthem residents Allison Tiffany and her teenage daughter Stefanie Goldstein trekked to the Hassayampa River Preserve In Wickenburg.
“It was an amazing moment for Stefanie to capture this photo of a Northern Cardinal, as it is a rare sighting for the Phoenix area,” Tiffany said.
Northern cardinals are found throughout the eastern United States and into Mexico [see range map below]. Only the male northern cardinal is this colorful. Females are light brown with a red bill and crest. You can hear their song here.
You can see more of Stefanie’s photos here.
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