Our porchside nest of baby cardinals triplets are grown and off to start their lives; they all took their first solo flight earlier this week. This experience has been such a thrill for us, and we did our part by not mowing the lawn or making any noise near the tree while they were nesting. My guy even went out one day to chase off some curious crows who were making Mama and Papa frantic.
I didn't catch two of the babies leaving the nest, but I was lucky enough to spot this little guy just as he did:
He still has his little mohawk, too:
Just before he took off with his mom, he looked back at me:
I'll take that as an Adieu.