cardinalis (important dignitary of the Roman Catholic Church who wears scarlet robes) cardinalis, ditto
Friday, June 8, 1979 — 3:00 pm
Glencoe, Illinois — residential area
I was on a roofing job. I had just seen my lifer Chimney Swift a short time earlier. The cardinal was one of the few birds that I knew well before I began birding that I hadn’t yet seen since I started listing. I’d been watching for one every day. I was on the roof when I spotted this bird. It flew to the top of a tall, dead tree, landed on an exposed perch and began singing while I shingled and listened.