Sunday, July 1, 2012

Brand-New Cardinal Fledglings

Papa Cardinal was pacing yesterday.  He kept a close eye on the area surrounding the nest.

He was too nervous to sit in the nearby chair so he settled on the arm instead.
Then he hopped back on the feeder support where he kept an watchful eye on me.

I think the waiting was getting to him, don't you?

This afternoon, I was thrilled when I looked through the window at the nest and saw this tiny fledgling's head.  I saw two heads but couldn't get a photo of both.  

An object used in building the nest prevents clear viewing of the tiny bird, but I did my best to photograph him.

I have a sneaky suspicion this little critter is very, very hungry.

When my curiosity got the best of me, I went outside and climbed a ladder to see exactly what was going on in the nest. 

As you can see, one of the three eggs hasn't hatched yet.  I hope the second fledgling is okay.   Perhaps he's simply resting.  I think I'd get tired too from holding my mouth open that wide! 

Isn't this exciting?  I'll be back with more as the days go by. 

(See previous and more recent posts for more cardinal photos). 


Gullible said...

Amazing! Great photos. Waiting for more, but don't scare mom and dad away.

Anonymous said...

National Graphic's could be your next stop, your pictures are fantastic. Auntie

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

AUNTIE: I'm so glad you like them. I do worry about interfering with nature when I climb on the ladder and look down in the nest but I can't help myself. It's SO amazing!!!

Sarie said...

This is incredible!!!! I love this Shaddy!! Your pictures are wonderful, as is your narrative. I can't wait to see more!

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

SARIE: Thank you, Sarie.