Do you remember that mother cardinal, the one who abandoned her nest outside out bedroom window after something - most likely a snake - ate her eggs?
I discovered this morning that she's built another nest , this one in a little mulberry tree back beside the chicken coop. There are four lusty, demanding baby birds that look to be about a week old.
Of course, I couldn't resist taking some pictures, including some managed from a "birds eye view," shot from above and down into the nest.
If you're worried that such activity will disturb the parents into abandoning their offspring, don't. Birds are more fearless than you think. If you must photograph them, though, do what I do and keep the sesssions short and infrequent.
Now, this shot isn't the best. I snapped it from across the yard, but if you look carefully you can make out the male cardinal feeding the babies. Englarge it for a better look.
So here's a shot of that, too. It's takes a pretty creative bird to build a nest inside a drinking cup, but Carolina Wrens are notorious for building nests in peculiar places. Years ago my neighboring farm wife left a pair of overalls on the clothesline while she was away for the weekend and when she came back there was a nest of wrens in the front pocket. They also build in hanging basket, open mail boxes and the inside of abandoned lawn equipment.
There are four speckled eggs that should be hatching pretty soon. I'll keep you posted.
Larry said the mother is usually sitting on the eggs in the early morning hours, and dive-bombs him if he gets too close. Today it was warm so she must have been out to lunch for a bit.