Baby birdies are hatching all over! I found this baby Northern Cardinal hidden in the pine tree in front of my house. Can you see it?
I found it because I heard a new bird sound in the tree. While I cannot bird by ear, I do know what the usual birds in my yard sound like. When I heard an unfamiliar “squeak” over my head I started searching for the source. Here’s a photo of the nest – so well hidden! I walk by this every day and never saw it.
I know it is a Northern Cardinal because pretty soon a male and female were twittering and flitting nervously over my head. Here’s Dad, sitting on a line across the street.
When I got home after work I checked the tree to see if it was still there. It was and I found it had a sibling!
This was such a special, fun sighting for our family. It’s so rare to catch sight of baby birds because they are so well hidden.
The next day I looked for them again – I could hear them high up in the tree but two days later they were gone. Next winter, when the Cardinals are a bright spot of color in our snowy landscape, I will wonder if they are our “babies.”
The Northern Cardinal is the state bird of Ohio and six other states. You can read more fun facts about Northern Cardinals and hear their call at www.allaboutbirds.org.
Watch other baby birdies on the web on these sites:
Peregrine FalconsRhodes Tower, Columbus Ohio due to hatch about May 3 Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio just started to hatch April 19. Not all successful Bald Eagles Decorah Iowa Eagles these babies are getting their feathers. Alcoa Davenport Wisconsin Eagle Cam big babies in this nest too Great Blue Herons Ithaca New York Cornell Lab 5 eggs, 3 chicks so far. Click on the video highlights, nighttime view, for a view of a great horned owl attack on the nest! Red Tailed Hawk Ithaca New York Cornell Lab be sure to watch the video of the first hatchling, so cute!