How to Attract Northern Cardinal 

How to Attract Northern Cardinal

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: The All-American backyard favorite, the Northern Cardinal is one of the easier birds to attract to your yard (if it’s not there already). This classic bird favors black-oil sunflower seed and will become a consistent visitor as long as there is a consistent supply of it. Cardinals also eat a lot wild fruits and insects, so berry producing plants and the promotion an insect friendly yard will increase your chances of attraction. Cardinals usually nest in dense shrubs or thickets around the edges of open land – so leaving these areas in your yard to grow is advisable if you want to attract a breeding pair. Cardinals are very frequent users of birdbaths.

Overview

Identification:

  • Medium-sized bird

  • Male: deep red overall, black face, red beak

  • Female: grayish-red overall, black face, red beak

Habitat:

  • Dense shrubbery in:

    • Backyards

    • Forest Edge

    • Open Woodland

    • Wetlands - especially swamp habitat

Eating Habits:

  • Seeds, insects, fruit

  • Will eat from bird feeders – favors Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Nesting:

  • Deciduous or evergreen shrubs, thickets, vines, and small trees

Top Ways to Attract Northern Cardinal

Black-Oil Sunflower Seed     Dense Shrubbery     Wild Blackberry     Red Mulberry     Birdbath

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Northern Cardinal

 American Elderberry (Fruit)     American Holly (Fruit, Nesting)     Arrowwood (Fruit)     Ash (Seed)     Birch (Seeds)     Common Juniper (Fruit)     Crabapple (Fruit)              Eastern Red Cedar (Fruit, Nesting)     Eastern White Pine (Seeds, Nesting)     Flowering Dogwood (Fruit)     Hawthorn (Fruit, Nesting)       Hickory (Nut)              Hornbeam (Nesting)     Maple (Sap)     Northern Hackberry (Fruit)     Red Mulberry (Fruit)    Red-Twig Dogwood (Fruit)     Serviceberry (Fruit)    Sumac (Fruit)     Tulip-Poplar (Seeds)     Wild Cherry (Fruit)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Northern Cardinal

                           Aster (Seeds)      Black-Eyed Susan (Seeds)     Goldenrod (Seeds)     Pokeweed (Fruit)     Purple Coneflower (Seeds)     Sunflower (Seeds)                                      Wild Blackberry (Fruit, Nesting)      Wild Grape (Fruit)

Attracting Northern Cardinal with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Ground     Hopper     Platform     Tube     Suet Feeder

Feed:    Cracked Corn     Mealworms     Millet     Suet     Sunflower Seed