The Cardinal Family

The Cardinal Family

Feeder birds.

feeder birds.

Cardinals

Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. The baby was there too but it left.

Mother Cardinal Feeding Fledgling

Mother Cardinal and her baby

Mrs. Cardinal

Mrs. Cardinal came back. She was eating the safflower seeds that I spilled.

Female Cardinal at suet feeder

Look on the left side of the feeder. Hopefully, I can get better pictures of her if she comes back. I took these through a window and binoculars.

Male Cardinal in our Oak tree

Male Cardinal in our Oak tree. The picture was taken through binoculars. I also saw a young red-tailed hawk in our oak tree too. They were making chip calls.

eastern phoebe and mr.cardinal.

Mr. Cardinal

Mr. Cardinal and two other cardinals (a male and female) came to visit.

Last egg never hatched

Of the 3 eggs in the Cardinal nest, only 2 hatched, they were named Red and Ruby. We went on vacation for a week so I wasn’t able to check on the nest until we got back. When we got back they were gone so I’m hoping they fledged. I removed the egg from the nest.

Cardinal

Better picture of the Cowbird

A better picture of the Cowbird. What a sweet little cowbird. It’s taking good care of its not yet hatched Cardinal siblings.

Young Cowbird in nest

Baby Cowbird in a nest. Eggs need ID. White with brown speckles. The eggs are about an inch long. There are two eggs. The nest was made of mostly sticks and lots of white down feathers. Any ID?

The last egg hasn’t hatched. Should I be worried?

The babies were sleeping when I got there but I accidentally woke them up. The last egg hasn’t hatched yet. It’s siblings hatched sometimes between the 18th and the 20th.
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cardinal nest & bird.

cardinal

2/3 Northern Cardinal eggs hatched!

Two of the three Northern Cardinal eggs have hatched! They’re so cute. They hatched sometime between the 18th and today. I need name suggestions for these two!

Cardinal Visits Feeder!!!

After months of waiting for the cardinals, there finally here! There are at least 5.

Northern Cardinal eggs and nest

I had photographed the female with a stick in her mouth on the 1st, and I found the nest but wasn’t sure if it was actually a nest. Then I went to double check on the 11th and sure enough it was! I’m so excited to get to watch them grow up!

Cardinal Nest

Fledgling Northern Cardinal

This fledgling just left the nest.

Visitors having breakfast today

Northern Flicker and Cardinal visitors

Cardinal In The Snow

Male Cardinal red color was striking against the snow covered ground.

Never seen a cardinal nest like this before!

I saw cardinals building this nest and have never seen a bird nest like this! I don’t want to use this door and destroy the nest. It is now November, so the little ones are gone. Should i leave the nest alone? Will they come back? It is a perfectly protected area for a nest – smart cardinals!

Masked visitor

I like this shot of the cardinals face mask. It’s like he was posing!

Northern Cardinal

This is a young Northern Cardinal.

Happy Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Excitement on my Windowsill—Ansel attacking his reflection, a male Northern Cardinal eating, and a Carolina Wren entering my nest box for the first time!

Ansel flew to my window AGAIN and attacked his reflection. FOR 30 MINUTES. AND HE’S STILL HERE!!!
He won’t stop even through I drew highlighter on the outside of my window to break up his reflection. This time I’m even more sure it’s territorial aggression because another Tufted Titmouse flew up and he didn’t attack it. I’m guessing she’s Ansel’s mate. While I was videoing, a male Northern Cardinal came to eat and a Carolina Wren entered my nest box! This is the first time a bird has entered that nest box.
Ansel still will not leave though. What will make him stop attacking his reflection in my window sill!?

Hungry Birds

Trio of Cardinals

Young Birds at my Feeders

I’ve been seeing a lot of juvenile and immature Northern Cardinals lately, and now there’s also a juvenile Red-Bellied Woodpecker! How exciting!!!

Juvenile Northern Cardinal at my Feeders

Northern Cardinal Fledge Day

For a few days, I noticed a male and female N. Cardinal repeatedly flying near a small cedar tree. I checked the tree and could not find a nest. So, I gave up. Then, on another day, I just had to check for a nest again because I was still seeing the adult cardinals in the area. This time, I found the nest with the fully feathered three nestlings inside. The parents did a great job building this nest in the thickest and most difficult part to access (for me) section of the tree.

Spring Birds

I caught these pics after a light rain. Hummingbird was sitting under our apple tree and the cardinals were underneath my bird feeders.

The Cardinals Are Hatching!

A neighborhood cardinal nest with 3 eggs has begun to hatch! We’re actually not 100% sure if they are all cardinals or if a cowbird snuck in there, but we are very excited to see the first healthy young!

Northern cardinal

When a nest is just out of reach, you can easily stick a phone to the side and get a quick photo. This helps remember your data and shorten your visits. These may not be the best photos, but are perfect for data uploading!

Babies Galore!

It seems all the babies are fledgling now and coming to our feeders!

Male Northern Cardinal

Northern cardinal young

Northern cardinal chicks

Northern cardinal nest

cardinal fledglings!

recently fledged cardinal

adult male cardinal feeding baby!

Northern Cardinal nest

A Northern Cardinal nest tucked away in a bush by a pond.

cardinal nest

SUMMER TANAGERS

1st time I have ever seen Summer Tanagers at my house or anywhere for that matter. Such beautiful birds and a beautiful song as well Adults with young would love to have found the nest.

Northern Cardinal babies

2 of the 3 Cardinal eggs hatched! It also appears there is another dark egg or a very large seed in the nest. I will try to inspect during my next visit.

Cardinals nest in a spider plant outside on our front porch

Watching cardinals

Northern Cardinal Nest

Found a Northern Cardinal nest located in a magnolia tree in my backyard this morning!

Cardinal Eggs!

there is a cardinal nest just below our dining room windows! open the window, look out and down, and there they are!

Northern Cardinals, 8 days old

Fully-feathered Northern Cardinals now 8 days old

Young cardinals and young cowbird eating sunflowers

Northern Cardinals, 6 days old

3 Northern Cardinals, first day with eyes open

I need some ID, please! You are NOT a N. Cardinal!

This Northern Cardinal nest is well hidden in a bushy cedar tree. I needed a step ladder to get a good view of the three nestlings, which are really packed into the small nest. The mom and dad were in the nearby trees softly chirping their concerns.

First Fledgling

This nine-day-old cardinal chick managed to get from its nest (shared with two other chicks) in a tangle of honeysuckle onto a tiny branch in a nearby snowball bush. The honeysuckle is on our front porch, about four feet from our front door!

BATH TIME

PHOTO IMAGES EXTRACTED FROM VIDEO TAKEN IN MY YARD AT MY BIRDBATH. YOUNG EASTERN BLUEBIRDS REMAIN IN THE AREA AFTER HATCHING, THEY ARE JOINED BY A CARDINAL, CAROLINA CHICKADEE AND TUFFED TITMOUSE. 1ST TIME I HAVE EVER OBTAINED FOOTAGE OF 4 DIFFERENT BIRDS ATTENDING THE BATH AT THE SAME TIME. THE CARDINAL EVENTUALLY BULLIED THE OTHERS AWAY.

Northern Cardinal Eggs

Northern Cardinal – Naked Young

Northern Cardinal Babies

This morning I observed a male Northern Cardinal flying in and out of a palm tree near my garage. Upon closer inspection, I found the nest on a branch about 6 feet off of the ground with 2 beautiful recently hatched babies inside!

Abandoned Nest, possible cowbird egg

Been monitoring Northern Cardinal nest but one egg is gone and I haven’t seen the momma bird in a long time. could be bigger egg that is missing was dropped by a cowbird, unsure.

Cardinal Mate Feeding

This Northern Cardinal pair was out at the feeder this morning, and the male was feeding his mate a bite of seed.

Northern Cardinal nest site

April 3, 2017 after a storm knocked down the Lonicera sempervirens vine, a broken egg was seen on the ground. On further inspection a nest was found tucked deep into the middle of the vine. In the nest was one egg. The male and female cardinal were seen to enter the site several times over the next few days. When they stopped entering, the nest was inspected to find the egg was weak; it was removed. There were two other sites observed in our yard with N. Cardinals nesting but did not get close for fear of disrupting. Did take some pictures on April 30, 2017 of a male and female N.Cardinal fledging one of their young.

Northern Cardinal nest cradled in palm tree branch

I spotted this female cardinal early this morning on a palm tree branch that hangs over my driveway. I’ve had baby cardinals with parents in the yard this summer and I must have walked by the nest 100 times. Upon inspection this afternoon, it looks like there is one hatchling.

Cardinal nesting

We have 3 eggs!

Our first Cardinal nest!! She did a good job.

Some photos I forgot to submit of the last fledgling being taken care of before fledging.

Some photos I forgot to submit of the last fledgling being taken care of before fledging. He sure has nice parents! The cowbird nestling already fledged the day before.

All the nestlings fledged at the northern cardinal nest.

I’m going to miss them…..
Maybe they will lay more eggs in the nest as soon as they teach their fledglings how to survive.

Mother Cardinal Keeping The Nestlings Warm.

Mother And Father Cardinal Feed The Babies!

❤️

Father cardinal hanging out in the trees.

Northern Cardinal Nest

Three Northern Cardinal eggs laid in potted clementine tree on my patio.

Cowbird & Cardinal nestlings in northern cardinal nest.

Cardinal egg & cowbird egg hatch in northern cardinal nest.

I’m not your step-father, cowbird!

Mother cardinal peeking out of the nest.

Mommy’s Nest

This was the very first time I got close enough to be able to hold my camera up and take a picture

Little One Leaving

I missed the cardinal fledglings leaving the nest except for this one!

Cardinal cuties

Originally there were 4 eggs but I’ve only seen 3 young so far. These Northern Cardinals nested in the clematis on my deck last year also.

Dad about to feed baby.

Baby cardinals and mama

Cardinal in nest – 4/27/17

Nest is 24″ from window.

Cardinal Hatching

Two images of a cardinal partially hatched, initial signs of hatching attempts in other eggs. Nest is in gardenia bush on my back deck, about 18″ from my glass slider. Mamma is still getting used to me being around.

Baby Cardinals

Baby Northern Cardinals < 24 hours old.

Eggs!

A Northern Cardinal nest on the north side of the pond.

Northern Cardinal young in nest

This nest is in my backyard, about 5 feet up in a flowering jasmine-covered arbor facing the woods. These young are about a week old, and peeping often to keep mom & dad busy supplying food!

Northern Cardinal nest in NW suburban greater Chicago area

Northern Cardinal nest

Cardinal nest with four eggs. They are located in our backyard on top of our arbor trellis, which is covered in honeysuckle.

Northern Cardinal Hatchlings

When we last checked on the eggs 12 hours ago they were unhatched. This morning we have 3 fresh hatchlings! Note that one of them has wet fluff while the other two have dry fluff, so it must be very recently hatched.

Northern Cardinal Eggs

3 eggs, 13 and 14 days after they were laid.

Northern Cardinal Nest in Holly Tree

Found this Nest because female flew off it as I walked by from my front door.
My back yard is wooded & has had 4-6+ cardinal pairs for a couple years.

Foster Parenting

Male Northern Cardinal feeding a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird (brood parasite), that was presumably laid in this cardinal’s nest by its mother, and raised by the cardinals as one of its own.

The Younglings!

The young birds all out and about to explore the outside world..captured them in different ways enjoying the sunshine food and the weather.

Baby Northern Cardinals

Cardinal nest

Serial Killer Blue Jay on the loose!

We have a serial killer blue jay in our midst.
I witnessed him several times throughout the day flying about with unknown hatchlings in his beak. Then I had the unfortunate chance to witness him stealing the first of the newly hatched Northern Cardinals from the nest I’ve been monitoring and posting photos of here. And despite the best efforts of mom and dad, the Blue Jay had emptied the Cardinal nest of all three hatchlings by days end. Dad Cardinal still seems awfully disturbed by this, even the next day, as he keeps hanging out by the nest giving off feeding time chirps. Sad day all around.

Hatched-3 Northern Cardinals

3 little Northern Cardinals, freshly hatched in a thorny bush right outside our front door, just in time for Mother’s Day.

3 Cardinal eggs

3 Northern Cardinal eggs.

Northern cardinal young in nest

Dinner Time!

Three fledgling Cardinals left my backyard nest four days prior to this photo. I could hear them in the area and kept seeing the adults, but had not seen the fledglings until I was lucky enough to snap this picture.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology