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Northern Cardinal Nest and Eggs

Cardinalis cardinalis


Cardinal nests usually take 3-9 days to build, with the female doing most of the building. The eggs are white with a tint of brown and are marked with brown blotches, which are thicker near the larger end of the egg. Usually, three or four eggs are laid in each clutch, but this nest held two.


I spotted this nest in a spruce tree on the side of a trail at Boyd Audubon. The female flew out of the nest when we walked by, startling us as much as we startled her. The nest was approximately 4 inches wide and was located about 5 feet off the ground. There were 2 eggs in the nest.

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Added. Thanks Ava :)

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Ava T-B 4 years ago

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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on May 8, 2016
Submitted on May 9, 2016

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