CBS BirdCam: Cardinal Defends Feeding Position at the Bird Feeder

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Survival of the fittest in CBS 2’s Ed Curran’s backyard. He gives us an inside look at the action on his bird feeder cam. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The Northern California (Cardinalis cardinalis) eats mainly weed seeds, grains, and fruits. Cardinals are ground feeders — finding food while hopping on the ground through trees or shrubbery. Cardinals will also consume snails and insects, including beetles, cicadas, grasshoppers, and winged carpenter ants. Cardinal young are fed almost entirely on insects. Sunflower seeds are a favorite for attracting Cardinals at bird feeders. Other common foods include corn, oats, the blossoms and bark of elm trees, and drinks of maple sap from holes made by sapsuckers.

Ed Curran serves as a meteorologist and reporter for CBS2 Chicago.

Curran is a veteran Chicago broadcaster with a background in television and radio. His reports have ranged from breaking news stories to doing aerobatics on the wing of a biplane.

A native Chicagoan, Ed’s entire career has been right here in his home town. Although he’s done a wide range of stories for radio and TV, Ed’s specialties are science and technology. A meteorologist at WBBM-TV in Chicago, he’s been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation.

Ed Curran has a varied background in broadcasting and is comfortable covering a news story, doing a talk show or forecasting the weather.

Ed’s technology reporting began while he was at WGN Radio, trademarking the term Technogadgets®. For more than 2 decades, he’s covered the high-tech lifestyle beat and has been featured on television and radio stations nationwide. Ed’s humorous approach and unpredictable style make his segments entertaining for techno-wizards and the techno-clueless alike. Among his accomplishments at WGN Radio, Ed Curran was the first host to combine a live radio broadcast with an AOL chatroom. Digital lifestyle author Howard Rheingold, who wrote “The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier,” called Ed “a pioneer on the electronic frontier — the hippest guy in radioland!”

Along with many successful years in radio at WIND, WGN, WLS and WGCI, Ed has also been a versatile television broadcaster. His high-tech reports were seen on WGN-TV’s Morning News, where he also filled in as weather forecaster. He later served as CNN’s high-tech correspondent and joined the NBC-owned station in Chicago as a meteorologist. In 2002, Ed joined the CBS-owned and operated station in Chicago, WBBM, as a meteorologist and reporter.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Ed graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Broadcast Communications. He has been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal. To earn the CBM, broadcasters must hold a degree in meteorology or equivalent from an accredited college or university, pass a rigorous written exam and have their on-air work reviewed to assess technical competence, informational value, explanatory value and communication skills.

A ten-time Emmy award recipient, Ed lives in the northwest suburbs with his wife Monica, son Jeff and their dog. Ed’s daughter, Jessica, is married and lives in the Chicago area.

Dewey, Tanya; Kirschbaum, Kari; Crane, Jonathan (2002). “Cardinalis cardinalis”. University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Archived from the original on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2007-08-24.

Terres, J. K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. New York, NY: Knopf. pp. 293. ISBN 0-394-46651-9. (Amazon link to later edition)

Ed Curran | CBS Chicago



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