Photo 6a    Here is a pic of a male Northern Cardinal perching on an ash tree branch. Lots of ash seeds (winged seed - samara -, probably Green Ash or Black Ash*) can be seen in this photo. (Up-Close)   This pic was taken during Tammy's early morning birding walk at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis, MN on October 29, 2011. Here in Minnesota Northern Cardinals are seen year-round. The name "Cardinal" came from its bright-red plumage whose color looks like the color of a cardinal's robe: A cardinal is one of the Roman Catholic officials, who are appointed by the Pope to his council, College of Cardinals.**  
Photo:  1  Frost on Oak Leaves  |  2  Frost on Oak Leaf Up-close  | 3a / 3b  Hawk Circling in the Thermal  |  4  White-throated Sparrow  |  5  Fox Sparrow  |  6a / 6b (Up-Close)  Cardinal perching on an Ash tree branch
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* Stan Tekiela: Trees of Minnesota Field Guide (Adventure Publications, 2001)
** Webster's New World Dictionary

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