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Northern Cardinal Nest with Eggs

Cardinalis cardinalis


This cardinal nest was built approximately 6 feet off of the grounds, near the edge of a large (10ft round?) forsythia hedge. The hedge has wild grape vine growing through out and some small dead trees standing up through it. The area is a favorite of many song birds. I'd have failed to notice the nest altogether in the scraggle if I had not started into the hedge (with the intention of removing the the dead trees) and startled the mother from the nest.


I'm not sure if all three eggs in the nest are cardinal eggs or if any are Brown-headed Cowbird eggs. I didn't want to disturb the nest (or the parents) any more than I already was by getting a better look at the third eggs to see if I could spot any differences. (A picture of the mother cardinal was taken and added on June 5, 2015)

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1 Comment

Raeven 5 years ago

I've finally managed to get a picture of the mother cardinal at the nest today (June 5, 2015) So I've added that to this spotting. She's NOT happy with how close I got this time, and stayed perfectly still hoping I could not see her.

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Maryland, USA

Spotted on May 22, 2015
Submitted on May 22, 2015

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