I must preface this post by saying, I’m not sure if I was attracting a number of male cardinals, but never more than one at any given time, or the same crazy cardinal every time. If the former is true and you’d like to attract male cardinals, then you might try my suggestion mentioned in this post. If the latter is true, then hopefully crazy male cardinals are a common sighting.
From our front porch, or as we looked out our kitchen window, we saw a male cardinal perched on our car door ledge, facing the car door window. Both of our vehicles have tinted windows which makes it easy to see your reflection. The bird walked back and forth on the door ledge while staring at his reflection in the window. He intermittently fluttered up a couple inches and then back down onto the ledge.
Then, he became fixated on the door mirror. He would flutter back and forth between the door ledge and the top of the mirror, but mostly he was content to position himself directly in front of the mirror. He would then watch his reflection and “attack” it. This went on for months.
We finally figured out what he was probably doing. He was a male cardinal, which meant our driveway was his turf. It was his lookout station for all the lady cardinals searching for a handsome mate. Then, some idiot (his reflection) thought he could share the turf with him (the real cardinal). His constant pecking attacks at the mirror were his way of trying to fend off his competition. He just didn’t expect his opponent to stick around so long. No matter how many times he attacked the intruder, the resilient bird just wouldn’t leave!
It got to the point that we started parking our cars about 200 feet away from our house, up by the barn, just to keep the cardinal off the cars!!
It wasn’t the bird on the cars that bothered us. We actually found him quite entertaining. It was … what he left behind from his behind.
Occasionally, we’d go ahead and leave one of the cars down by the house. In those instances, we handled the situation of the crazy cardinal and his pooh by either turning the mirrors so they faced outward (less easy for the cardinal to see himself), or we tied a plastic grocery bag around each mirror. Is this crazy, or what!?
I got to thinkin’. Maybe propping up a mirror near a tree trunk, birdbath, or a stand of sorts would be a clever way to attract male cardinals. I’ll have to have a part two to this to let you know if that works.
Has anyone else observed such behavior by a bird intrigued with its reflection?
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