Friday, June 24, 2011

Cardinal Fledglings!

Mom noticed a lot of fluttering of adult Northern Cardinals near our little Japanese Maple recently.
Lo and behold, we had another Cardinal's nest in our yard, just like last year!

June 6 - AM - mom found a nest with two little Cardinal babies in it!  It was just about 2.5 feet off the ground, which is the place of choice for Cardinals to build their nests.

June 6 - PM - peep, peep, peep!

June 7 - AM - every day the mama Cardinal would stand at the edge of the nest watching over her babies to keep them safe. (this photo was taken through a window from our house where we could watch what the mama and daddy Cardinal did in their feedings too)

June 7 - PM - waiting for their mama to feed them.

June 9 - look at the hair-do this birdie is growing!

 June 10 - AM - it is remarkable to see how fast this baby is sprouting feathers!

June 10 - PM - still sporting the cool punk hair-do!

June 10 - late PM - where did the two little birdies (fledglings) go?

June 10 - later PM - Fledgling #1, trying to fly!

June 10 - later PM - Fledgling #2, took first successful flight up to a nearby bush!

June 10 - a little later PM - we saw one fledgling up in a tree with his mama. 
.....And then soon after that they were gone.

For a look at the interesting life cycle of the baby Cardinal all the way from egg stage to fledgling, please view my post from May 2010 here.

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Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

What an absolutely amazing set of photos. Thank you for sharing, it was a privelege to see them.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Wonderful photos!! It is amazing how they can turn into beautiful Cardinals so fast!

We have Wrens in our carport every year!

Happy Friday,
~ The Bunch and Phillip

Just Ducky said...

How neat. We had robins but didn't have the close up view like you did.

Unknown said...

What fabulous photos! Me really enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing.

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Wow! All that in 5 days! Those are amazing close ups!

Prints the Cat said...

Thanks for including us in their baby stages! They grow up so fast. Amazing they can fly off in so little time. Do you think each year the babies or parents try to come back to the same nest?

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

We were THRILLED last year to see Dad Khardinal with two khardinalettes on the patio!

I love your shots!