Remember this No Parking sign and the little sparrow from my walk the other night at Forest Beach marsh?
Last night I headed out for a walk again at Forest Beach, hoping for ospreys.
As I was pulling into the parking lot, I spotted a flash of red out of the corner of my eye. A cardinal had just swooped up to the top of the No Parking sign. I love cardinals because they are so red and so vocal; the first ones you hear in the morning and the last ones at night.
But just as I was getting the shot into focus, the cardinal moved!
As I zoomed in, I could see that he was a young male with a bit of baby “feather fuzz” still showing through the brighter red plumage.
I decided to call him Red Butler after one of my all-time favorite movie characters from Gone with the Wind.
He gave me one final look as another cardinal darted out from the bushes behind him and up they flew together into the trees.
He sure was something to behold and I am so much the richer for our meeting.
‘Til next time!