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Northern Cardinal Nest with Eggs

Cardinalis cardinalis

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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
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.

Raeven
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Raeven

Maryland, USA

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

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