The male cardinal is a bright red color and you can't help but want to attract this beautiful bird to your yard. A cardinal builds a nest and does not generally live in a cardinal bird house. They build cup nests firmly attached to forks of small branches in thick underbrush or vines from 2 to 12 feet off the ground.
If you want to attract cardinals to your yard, you should provide them with thickets and shrubs for them to live in. They will nest in honeysuckle thickets, small evergreens and shrubs. They also like rose bushes. You will find many cardinals near gardens where they help keep down the insect population.
Cardinals do not migrate and will choose a place to live early in life sometimes near their family. During mating season they will become extremely aggressive in protecting their breeding area from other cardinals. They do not allow other cardinals near their territory.
You can also attract cardinals with feeders. they prefer sunflower seeds and will scrape away other seeds to find the sunflower seeds. They will also eat bread, nuts, berries and peanut butter mix.
Like other birds, cardinals enjoy water and appreciate the offering of a bird bath in the summer. Even though you aren't likely to build a house to attract the cardinal, there are many ways to encourage them to visit. A combination of offering shrubs and bushes for them to build their nests, putting out sunflower seeds and nuts, and placing a clean bird bath nearby will bring cardinals to you.
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Alice Scott and her daughter Michele Redmond have a website on Bird Feeders and Houses and offer information on attracting all sorts of birds with feeders and houses. If you're looking for a project, or just want to attract birds to your yard, visit their site for lots of ideas.