For the past several years, a pair of cardinals have built a nest in a bush outside our screened porch. In the past, I have been able to look through the screen and have a good view of the contents of the nest. However, this year the cardinals scored a rather large piece of plastic, which they used to line the nest. It was so big that it came up several inches behind the nest and made it impossible to see inside. My view was blocked. I had resigned myself to the fact that I probably wouldn’t get to see the babies this year, so I was rather surprised the other day when I went out to change the hummingbird feeders which are located close to the nest, and spied a fledgling sitting out on a branch of the bush.
“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.” ~ Storm Jameson
When I sit out on the bench in my backyard and take photos of the birds, sometimes I think they look puzzled or even a little bit annoyed. I’m sure that’s just my imagination. 🙂
“Of all the things you wear, your expression is most noticeable.” ~Unknown
When I go out to feed the birds in the morning, I am often stopped in my tracks by the sound of chirps and fluttering wings as cardinals seem to appear out of nowhere and descend on the bushes surrounding our yard. They know when feeding time is, and ready themselves to claim their share of the bounty. I’ve come to look forward to their beautiful flashes of red and all the activity that surrounds feeding time!
“Stop. Look. Listen. You are surrounded by countless little blessings but you’ll miss them is you don’t pay attention.” ~Ruth McPherson
There are three baby cardinals in a nest in our crepe myrtle bush. Both the male and female cardinal are in and out constantly, meeting the demands of their little ones.
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” ~C. S. Lewis
I’m an odd combination of “Really Sweet” and “Don’t Mess With Me.” ~Unknown
This past week, West Tennessee has experienced sleet, snow and extremely cold temperatures, which have rendered many homebound. One of the things I have enjoyed during this time has been watching a flock of cardinals that have been visiting the feeders. Their activity and beauty have been a bright spot in some bitterly cold and icy days.
“Even dark days have a bright spot. Make it your goal to find it.” ~Lisa Petty
For a while, a Cardinal family had a nest right outside one of my windows. Here are a few pictures of the Cardinal babies patiently waiting for their food.
“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~Billy Graham
… And all things earliest loved by me, —
The bird, the brook, the flower, the tree, —
Came back again, as thus I heard
The cardinal bird.
~William Davis Gallagher
The Northern Cardinals have been plentiful in our backyard this winter. I spotted these two cuties in our bushes one afternoon. The female, though not as flashy as the bright red male, has lovely brown-gold plumage with warm red accents and a distinctive crest.
“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~Thomas Jefferson
Northern Cardinals add a lovely splash of color to an otherwise dull winter day.
“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.” ~Henry David Thoreau