Today, we have a male cardinal sitting on top a fencepost. The Northern Cardinal is obviously a popular species as it is the state bird of seven different states. In fact Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia have all claimed this impressive bird. It is not the royal bird of my state but they themselves have made their own claim for my yard. Put out some feeders, if you haven't already done so, and profess these brilliant aves as your own.