One day a few months ago, our friend Liz (a regular reader and occasional commenter) came into the store and remarked, "You don't have cardinals at your feeders, do you?" Well no, Liz, and thanks for rubbing it in. ;)
In our rural setting, cardinals are very infrequent. In fact, we didn't add Northern Cardinal to the Yard List until 2005, nearly 15 years after moving in!
Our first cardinal was a female, then a week later the male. Not together, and they didn't stay. Since that first sighting, we get an occasional visit from one cardinal - male or female - not both - in the spring and again in the fall.
He's preferring the wooded side of the house and the undergrowth in the front bed, avoiding the wide open feeders out front. Even though the hopper feeders have trays, most cardinal visitors we have feed primarily on the ground.
What else do we NOT have that our customers and staff love to rub in? Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Carolina Wrens. Not much else.