Skip to main content

There’s still time to sign up for the 2021-22 FeederWatch season, which runs through the end of April. Sign up today!


Photo Submission

Submitted By

Cindy Dow

Augusta, ME, USA


The male cardinals in my backyard will ‘stand guard’ for the female cardinals. When a female is getting a snack of suet or sunflower seeds he seems alert and protective of her and stands guard on the Shepard’s hook or a nearby tree until she finishes, then the male takes his turn when she flies off.

This time he seems to be doing the same behavior for a small male Downy Woodpecker – I have not ever seen him doing this a different species. Usually they just eat together.

Continue Browsing


Good Neighbors.

Male Cardinal standing guard for a Male Downy Woodpecker.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Nearby Submissions