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Cardinal directions

While I was waiting for Lola to poop, I noticed her staring at something at the grass under the bushes. She seemed very concerned, so I tried to figure out what she was looking at. I carefully crawled over and found two baby cardinals chirping on the ground. I moved away to watch and the father bird swooped down to feed regurgitated worms to one of the outcasts. Then I ran inside to grab the camera and took some photos of the babies.

A couple of weeks back, we were watching the birds flying in and out of our yard and figured out that there was a cardinal nest in the bushes. I don't know if these babies fell out of the nest... or if they were pushed. At first I thought it might be time for them to learn to fly, and their parents had encouraged them out of the nest. After I got a closer look, it seems like they're too young for such endeavors. They can barely open their eyes!

Luckily we have a fenced yard, so they will be protected from some predators, but we have had cats sneak in on occasion. Let me know if you have any advice on how to promote the survival of these pitiful creatures. Right now the best course of action I can think of is: DON'T MOW THE LAWN!

1 comment:

Jenna said...

.....but it needs to be mowed soooooooooo badly!