A Pomegranate for the Cardinals

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Sometimes I buy a pomegranate, put it on a shelf, and never get around to eating it. You have to be in the mood to get red juice on your hands…

Cardinals are happy to help with that. I cut a dried-up looking pomegranate into bits yesterday — it was still juicy inside — and put them on my porch. A male (above) and female northern cardinal (below) have been visiting ever since.

They eat seeds and fruit, so pomegranate pips must seem like the perfect food — a seed wrapped in a bit of juicy red fruit!

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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