Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Delayed Word on the Cardinal Family

It's not fun to post bad news; that's why I've delayed posting this photo and narrative about the cardinal family that was living right outside my kitchen window.

Until today, I've been quiet about what happened.  As you can see, the nest is empty.  That's because a day or two after my last cardinal post, a predator ravaged the nest.  My husband was nearby when he heard a noise from the bush and saw an intense commotion about the nest.  When I examined the area, I was disheartened with what I found.  

I debated on whether I should share this with you or not.  At this late date, I decided to do so.  I didn't want you to think I'd simply lost interest in the fledglings.  Unfortunately for those of us interested in this male and female cardinal and their offspring, nature has its reasons for allowing such things to happen.

  We're enjoying chickadees, goldfinches, woodpeckers, nuthatches, sparrows and cardinals who come to eat at our bird feeders.  I'll be sharing photos of them ASAP.


Linda McMann said...

Oh no! I'm sorry you lost the Cardinal babies! Take solace in all the other colorful and noisy visitors to your feeders! Hopefully the frogs fare better.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

LINDA: Thank you for commenting, Linda. We have many birds to keep us entertained in our backyard.

Gullible said...

Oh, dear. I see such things happen and can only think that the predator has babies to feed, too.

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

Gully: The predator only killed the fledglings. He didn't take them from the nest.