Yes very pretty birds and well behaved too. Still my favorite is the black capped chickadee - so lovable.
No cardinals here but we get purple finches - or used to.
I guess it's been well stated by many that 300 or 420 is not enough reach for smaller birds and I now understand why after my few months with the 300 lens and extenders. Regardless, you make do with what you have and take advantage of the various opportunities that pop up unexpectedly.
Well, I wish I could get some shots of your birds, so we're even.
Sadly, we're getting fewer varieties of birds than we used to. Fewer tree swallows, purple martins, bluebirds, barn swallows, Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, goldfinches and so forth. All of these were common 20 years ago and now I'm lucky to ever see one. Pesticides?? No shortage of magpies though! And robins galore.
So, one of my goals will be to start putting more nesting boxes up and spreading feed in the spring for the water birds.
Today I got a brief glimpse of my first goldfinch for this year. I would have had a borderline useful shot with 600 but 420 just wanted to lock onto the bushes as you can see. Even the stump in front was interfering. Oh well, was still fun sitting in the sun in peace and quiet.