This has been a crazy spring...between very warm temps early in the spring and the freeze that destroyed all my flowers...things have just seemed "off."
Even the birds are a bit confused. For the past few days I've heard something that sounds a lot like baby birds begging for food. I kept telling myself I was crazy, it's just too early. It was probably the spring "flirting" beginning.
Well, I was outside yesterday and a male and female cardinal were acting mighty nervous and were hanging out in one particular spot in the yard. I got closer and found out why. It seems there are 2 very young babies in the bushes. Unfortunately, these little guys look to be about half the size they should be when the fledge. I wouldn't have even known they were cardinals if I hadn't seen the parents. They are that young. I suspect either they fell out of the nest or the nest fell from where it was. This means Mom was sitting on the eggs during the freeze 2 weeks ago. I don't know about where you live, but that is very early for cardinals to be nesting in Kansas. I would expect this from cavity nesters, not these guys.
Mom and Dad are working hard to take care of the babies, but I suspect it's an uphill battle that may not turn out well. I've been putting mealworms out to help them. We'll see how it goes....
Aw shari i hope they make it.
When the last blast of snow and cold temps came through my neck of the woods i found small white egg shells in my yard in two different places, looked like swallow eggs to me. All i could think of was i can't believe there are tiny babies out there in those freezing temps, birds are pretty tough when it comes to the elements but who knows if they survived or not.
Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and touch that never hurts.