I came to take northern Cardinals for granted when we lived at our last house. Our neighbor had been feeding birds for years, and dozens came to the feeders that I set out only feet from his yard. That hasn't been the case at our new house. I would see cardinals alight on our fence and wires, but they were just staging to land at the neighbor's feeder. Finally, in the last two days, the Northern Cardinals have come to our yard to feed as well. It is certainly a nice feeling- I'm doing what I need to do to lure the birds to our yard.