Female Cardinals Not Flying To Rome

James McGrath posted a picture of a Hopeful Cardinal thinking “One day I’ll be Pope!”

The cardinal in his picture, clothed in bright red, is a male. But here in North America there are also female cardinals, although they don’t wear bright red. I haven’t seen any males recently, so perhaps they have all flown to Rome for the conclave. But the females seem to have stayed at home. After all, sadly no female can even dream of becoming Pope. So I saw a female just like this in our back yard:

Northern Cardinal Female

Yes, I’m talking about the state bird of Virginia. You weren’t thinking anything else, were you?

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