We've had some cardinals in our yard... and we noticed that they kept going inside the burning bush, so we looked and found a nest. How fun..... we started watching the nest and were glad to see an egg, then another and so on.
There are now 4 eggs in the nest. The mother bird came and went from the nest.
Two of the little ones hatched.... and the mama bird stayed pretty close to the nest....
The babies have a bit more fuzz now. Three babies have hatched now although one of the babies is rather hidden in the nest.
These little guys remind me of the book my kids loved hearing when they were little. I think it was called, "Feed Me". :)
The eyes of the young birds are still closed on this day.
Still one egg in the nest that needs to hatch.
The poor mama bird was very wet at the time of this picture... we had so much rain and she faithfully sat on the nest. What a good mama. :)
These little birds don't look like much yet, but we were sure enjoying seeing them grow!
This day shows some changes... the eyes are starting to open and they are getting some feathers.
They eat a LOT. The parents are rushing to the nest to feed the little ones and then away to find more food.
They are getting a bit bigger.
Papa Cardinal keeps a close watch on those babies.... especially when we go outside. He stays very attentive.
He would perch in various places where he could watch.. and if another bird came near the nest, he would fly over to the bush to chase the intruder away from Mama Cardinal and the babies.
They are showing a lot more color now... the feathers are darkening...
They are finally looking more like birds........................
and of course, they still want to eat most of the time! 🙂
By this time we noticed that the unhatched egg was gone... we never found it down below and aren't sure what happened to it, but it wasn't in the nest any longer.... we assume it got too old and just wouldn't hatch so the parents removed it.
The mama bird stayed on that nest and it was funny to see her perched so high on it. The first picture I had of her on the nest only showed her tail feathers since the rest of her was down inside the nest.
One of the babies made it to the edge of the nest...
The next picture of this guy is so cute, but this is the best I could get... it's not as clear as I wanted it to be. I love how he is perched on there.
He(or she!) left the nest this same day.. and the second one left the next day.
What a strangely cute little face and expression!
The parent birds were kept busy tending to this baby and the other two who had left the nest. We found one of the babies in the neighbor's bush, but never saw the babies after that.
What a fun experience to watch this wonderful process of eggs hatching and little birds growing.
I really loved seeing how protective the parent birds were of the babies and how protective the papa bird was of the babies and the mama. He brought food for her and the babies at some times. Those parent birds were really busy for a few days trying to feed those little ones. I love that God put the knowledge in these birds to act as parents should act... they did what they were created to do.
What a marvelous opportunity to see God's creation and His wonderful handiwork... up close. We sure enjoyed this and learned much too. We still see the parent birds in our yard, but haven't seen the babies... and we wonder if they are looking more like the parents yet. Maybe one day we will catch a glimpse of them again... we'll keep watching....
Thank you for visiting..... I hope you are enjoying this and other evidences of spring and of God's creation where you live. :)
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