I found Papa Red lying on the deck in the rain Friday afternoon. Apparently, he had struck a window hard enough to break his neck. So sad :(
One Cardinal pair had a very hard time this year, losing 4 of their 5 babies (remember the nest of 5 in the shrub by the front door?); then more of the couples after the Kentucky Hurricane came through in September; now the last Papa Red is gone. I haven't seen the female around lately. Wonder if she'll move off to another area to find another mate before winter comes.
Looking at him this closely, you can see the beauty of his form and color.
After we took a few photos, Jerry put him under a tree beside the deck.