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.