This summer seemed like a particularly good one for the cardinal couple that frequented my back yard.
This youngster is from their third brood. You can tell it's still a baby because it still has a brown bill, even though it's as big as the adults.
Dad looks a bit worse for wear, missing a few feathers around his head. I don't know - do cardinals tear their feathers out with frustration with their young?
They can be pretty demanding, after all!
But, he seems to be up for the challenge - especially with a little help from the sunflower feeder!
The cardinals do a great job of working together and I enjoy watching their cooperative parenting.