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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cardinal Family

Today, we are being treated to a show by this family of cardinals.
Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal have baby cardinal in the back garden.
I was tickled to get this photo of all three of them on the armillary sphere.
I thought I saw at least two baby cardinal heads when I found the nest.  Do you know if they take one baby out at a time?  They seem very focused on protecting and feeding this one.


13 comments:

  1. Awesome photo. I do not know your question.

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  2. Photo is awesome. I do not know the answer to your question. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Wonderful photo. I hope both little babies made it.

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  4. What a wonderful photo.

    I just googled to see how many babies they can have at one time, and it's usually 3-4, 2-4 times a year.

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  5. What a sweet family photo! I'm not sure about taking out just one....I do hope the other one is ok

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  6. How fun! I've been hoping to see baby cardinals around here, but haven't so far. Keep your eyes open - Baby #2 is probably around as well.

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  7. GonSS, I'm not sure if Cardinals work with just one baby at a time. I like to talk to my wild animals in the garden. Birds will sit and stare while cocking their little heads from one side to the other. Neighbors probably think I'm nuts but I think they can understand from the voice tones that I'm not a threat. Rabbits and groundhogs will stand motionless with eyes fixed on me. The conversation will last several minutes before they decide to get on with their activities. What do I talk about with animals and birds? I ask them how they are doing? Are they getting enough to eat? I tell them that I like them being around my garden and it's ok to eat some but just don't get greedy. I tell them they are safe and I'm not going to hurt them. If I'm working in the garden, I move slowly and go back to what ever I'm doing. After a few conversations, it's amazing how close you can come to them. I guess I am a little weird, huh.

    Ack, more rain again today. We have had 11.29 inches of rain in June. Our average rainfall for June is supposed to be 4.12 inches. I sure wish some of this rain could be given to other drought ridden parts of the country. The streams and rivers are running capacity full with always a threat of flooding. We have had some flash flooding close to Terra Nova Gardens. I am hoping for a window later today to get the much needed grass mowed at the Urban Ranch.

    Have a great bird watching day.

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  8. What a neat picture. We always see one baby at a time around the feeders, but I'm not sure how many different babies there are at any given season.

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  9. Today, I see Mr. Cardinal with a baby in our redbud tree. Not sure where Mrs. Cardinal is. Maybe they have the babies on separate outings.

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  10. By the way, when I got back inside after taking the photo, my wonderful husband who had been watching me and the cardinals from the kitchen said, "please tell me you got a photo of all three together." I did!

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  11. Hi There, We are home from a trip to the gorgeous West VA mountains –where we celebrated our anniversary… I’ll be blogging about this time for awhile –since it was so special.

    I love seeing the Cardinals. I especially love it when Daddy brings a baby to the feeders. The baby has the cutest little tinkly bell sound when he/she's begging for food. So adorable.

    Hugs,

    Betsy

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  12. I'm so jealous!! LOVE your little cardinal family. .it is so fun to watch them and marvel at how amazing God is that He created such diversity!! THanks for sharing!

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  13. I've been watching and learning about birds ever since my parents started me out when I was 9 years old (I'm 57), and my husband and I really LOVE the cardinals so much. We've watched several cardinal families over the years, some parents have 3-5 babies out with them when feeding and such, and others have only 1-2, maybe 3. It just depends on how the babies are maturing in the nest as to who the parents teach out of the nest. Animal parents also know if a baby won't make it anyway and that can be a deciding factor at times.

    Beautiful family moment you caught with your camera, so pretty! :)

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