Last Monday, I discovered a nest of baby cardinals in the bushes right beside the gazebo. In fact, as I watered plants, I could look over the gazebo rail and see them. You may remember my Cardinals and Grandmama story
from the winter. All year, I've been working on a "For The Birds" theme and found something bird related on every
junkin' trip leading up to our show last weekend. Sunday when I came home from the show, there was a different bird sitting on the gazebo rail as he was learning how to fly. Then on Monday, I found this nest. When the cardinals flew out of the bushes, I was able to identify what these ugly little things were! Today, one week after finding the nest, Jeff alerts me that my
babies are leaving the nest. I was really surprised it was so soon, but according to my search, they are only in the nest 9-11 days before flying away. They have chirped all day as they cling to tree branches and get brave enough to flutter through the yard. The daddy cardinal has been coaxing them along a lot and give me a few ugly looks as I observed them. Hope you enjoy the pictures of the cardinals!
Monday - the day I discovered the babies.
Monday - wee little babies.
|Friday afternoon - yikes!|
|Saturday evening - big difference in a day! |
|Sunday evening - that nest is getting crowded.|
|Monday morning - Baby number 1 made his way to the Bridal Wreath in the yard. |
|Monday morning - bird #2 left the nest|
|Monday morning baby 3|
"What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?" - e.h.
I finally got a picture of the red bird, although he wasn't too happy with me! (I've tried off and on since December to get his picture.)
He would coax and call to the babies and bringing them food. I can't tell exactly what he has in his mouth. I left them alone and went back inside to work, expecting that they would be gone this afternoon.
Late this evening, I went outside to photograph some wedding bouquets I had finished today and heard lots of little chirping going on. They were still here! Bird 1 was sitting in the crepe myrtle in the center of the yard, eye height, and I was able to get lots of pictures of him. I could have reached out and grabbed him up easily, instead, I just took lots more pictures and a video of him.
I mean, they are so ugly they're cute!
Those toes, that fuzz! I shot some of these in macro, about a foot away from him!
Birdy #2 was in another bush in the yard, but I never found the last one. I think he was in the trees beyond the yard fence.
I'm glad my yard can be a place for the birds to live. I don't buy feed for them, but our yard and surroundings provide for them and I sure like getting to witness their journey as they find their wings and fly away (or maybe they will all stay here!)
Now, I'm an empty nester...