Monday, May 09, 2016

Cardinals Adieu

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.


  1. WOW! I guess I didn't realize how quickly they leave. I watched the owlets in PA this year and it took them weeks before they were ready to go. Cute little guy there. And some great pictures. But alas, the empty nest...

  2. They grow up fast. I would've thought they'd stick around longer.

  3. Geez, that was so fast!
    Maybe they'll do a second round? I spotted a papa cardinal feeding a juvenile in September last year--which I thought was awfully late, so maybe it was their second nesting?

  4. Those are funny looking chicks, lol! Love the pictures!

  5. I also was surprised it was so fast. Two weeks!?! Thanks so much for sharing these precious photos.


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