I've planted a lot of native shrubbery to encourage birds & butterflies in my yard, and it seems to be effective. Among other birds we have a lot of the bright & beautiful cardinals year 'round. The spring is their nesting season, and their children are fledglings now. You can hear them twittering in the bushes demanding food from their parents. This morning we watched 2 cardinal fledglings in the fire bush by the bird bath & bird feeder. Their handsome red Dad was flying back & forth from them to the feeder, bringing them mouthfuls of seed. The babies were almost as big as their parents, but still a dull red-brown. And they just stand there fluttering their wings with their beaks wide open and twittering. The Mama bird was there too, but it was the Dad who was making the most trips to the feeder. He just looked so fine, rich, regal & royal in his brilliant red coat and square black beard, while serving his children with such dedication & devotion.