Northern Cardinal nestlings

This nest was discovered 4/28/24 while I was doing yard work. 2 of the 3 eggs had hatched and the 3rd was just starting. The last photo (5/1/24) shows all 3 successfully hatched.

Mr. Cardinal and his cowbird

Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal have 4 or 5 baby cardinals along with a cowbird. I posted more on FeederWatch.

Baby Cardinal

First baby cardinal of the year! I think it’s a female.

*Rare* leucistic female cardinal

Excited to see my first leucistic cardinal!

Backyard Birds part 2

The Yellow-rumped Warbler comes every day, multiple times a day, for peanut butter.

Feeder Birds

The Cardinals visit sometimes, the Chipping Sparrows visit in flocks of about 50 every day, the Yellow-rumped WArbler visits multiple time a day to eat suet, and The Peep visits every day.

Chipping Sparrows, Northern Cardinal, Cooper’s Hawk, The Peep, House Sparrow and Mourning Doves.

There are now about 30 Chipping Sparrows!

Feeder Birds

A few of our feeder birds

The Cardinal Family

The Cardinal Family


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.

Mr. Cardinal

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

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.

Cardinal Visits Feeder!!!

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

Cardinal Nest

Northern Cardinals, 6 days old

3 Northern Cardinals, first day with eyes open

Northern Cardinal – Naked Young

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.

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.

Mother Cardinal Keeping The Nestlings Warm.

Mother And Father Cardinal Feed The Babies!


Father cardinal hanging out in the trees.

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.

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.

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.

New Born

Northern Cardinals nest in a shrub next to my office window. Three new born cardinals and one egg

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology