Northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis
(Toledo, OH) I post most of my photos at my photo blog, but I was particularly taken with this image of a cardinal. The bird was about 40 feet in the air, and I didn't have my zoom lens with me, but his brilliant red feathers glowed against the cobalt blue backdrop of the fading early spring sun.
It had been months since I last heard a cardinal in this area. Click here for a 55-second clip of the Northern cardinal song.