Sometime after the honeymoon, a pair of cardinals got to work building their nest right outside of the window of our own home where we eat all of our meals and spend much time hanging out in the kitchen.
|We were about to finally dig up this silly looking bush until I noticed the cardinals just began their building.|
It looked like the female did all the building while her husband helped by bringing some twigs now and then.
|Here's the lady builder.|
She layed down a mat of twigs for the foundation.
And she eventually added some dried birch leaves to the twigs.
The nest gradually took on a nest shape as she weaved the twigs and scooted herself in circles in the center of it. It was really neat to watch the process.
|The scooting was cute, watching her butt go back and forth as she went round and round.|
The male was always nearby and the two of them would hang out together and eat the berry-like buds off of a nearby tree.
It was about a week until the nest was complete. And then the lady cardinal stopped hanging around in it for a few days or so, but she and the male were back and forth across the yard nearby. Then one day, there was finally an egg.
A couple of days later, there were two.
And the following day, a third.
|A clutch of three.|
It seemed like it took quite a while, but finally two baby cardinals hatched.
And a couple of days later, the third hatched too.
Dad was so helpful. Every day he brought food to mom and their babies.
|I think it was a big juicy inchworm.|
Life was busy and the babies grew up so fast that I almost missed it. Pretty soon mom was no longer in the nest with her little ones all the time. They were too big! And I just barely got the chance to take a photo of the last youngster to leave the nest.
Mom and dad made a great team. They worked together daily to get things done and watch over their babies and provide for them throughout the short time it took for their kids to grow up and leave the nest. And then they hung out together in the nearby woods. I wonder if they bickered much throughout this time? Building a home and raising kids can be stressful. We did it too. (We're still doing it!) But they managed it all beautifully.
|Thanks mom and dad, you're the best!|