Baby Cardinals

May 6th, 2006

As part gardening I (and my wife joins me in this) try to attract birds to our backyard. My wife likes birds, and I do as well but mostly I appreciate the good they can do for a garden by eating insects and whatnot.

This Spring a family of cardinals made a nest in one of our spruces and they’ve already had their first babies. In the photo (click to enlarge) you’ll notice that there are two hatchlings and two still whole eggs. I don’t know how old these babies are, but considering their siblings are still in eggs I’m guessing a day or two at the most, they might have been born this morning for all I know. Supposedly they leave the nest in as little as 10 days after hatching so these birds have some major growing to do.

Cardinal females do the nesting, but once the young are born it is usually the male that takes over feeding while the female makes a new nest. In this way they can have multiple broods per year. They also do not migrate and so I hope we’ll eventually have more cardinals living in our backyard as this family multiplies.

For more on cardinals try this link.

I also want to apologize for not posting much the last few weeks. There are two reasons for this, the first is that I’ve been busy gardening. However in this time I’ve gathered a bunch of materials and pictures for later posts. The other reason is that I’m working on a large expansion for this site. I realized that many of the things I wish to write about do not fit well with the blog format and so I am going to expand. I hope to have that done by the end of May and a deluge of new content for you.

For now though I’m taking my wife on a well deserved week long vacation. Adios.

76 Responses to “Baby Cardinals”

  1. Melissa  Says:

    That’s a neat photo of the nest. I have a lot a teenage cardinals around this year but I have no idea where the nests were.

  2. Chris Douglas  Says:

    We had a cardinal build a nest in a sprub right next to the private entrance to our office. The 2 babies hatched about 10 days ago. First one baby was gone and there was one left. That bird was in the nest this morning and is gone this afternoon. No sign of the mother. There is however an egg left in the nest. I was just curious how long the babies stay in the nest. I feel better after reading your web site. They probably flew away and are fine. Thanks for the information.

  3. Carolyn Sain  Says:

    Was excited to see Cardinals built a nest in a bush beside my patio. First eggs, now today, babies, daddy is feeding. So exciting to watch this. Never seen nesting of cardinals before, so learning how they work. I hope they survive.

  4. paula  Says:

    I have watched Mom and Dad Cardinals take care of babies for the past week in the nest in a tree outside my bathroom window. I was worried sick about them last night in a rainstorm. I thought the momma was in the nest with them. This morning everyone is gone. I was so sad as I had watched them non-stop for the past week! I hope they are ok and have just left the nest.

  5. erika  Says:

    I too have a Cardinals nest in my Honeysuckle bush which we can see right out of my family room window. It has been so exciting watching the mommy and daddy come to feed these little tiny mouths that are waiting for them.But, like you, we had a pretty bad storm yesterday and I also worried about these little birds. This morning, when I went to check on them it seemed like the nest was empty. After doing a little research on them, I found out that they fly the coop after about 10 days. I’m bummed, I’ve grown attached to these little critters. I’m hoping to still see them come back to the nest. There is another nest they built as well. I understand they will hatch again.

  6. linda Morefield  Says:

    so happy to find this site. I’ve been watching a nest of cardinals–2babies–and this morning, found one baby on ground, maybe a foot or two from nest–dead! Not too much later, the other baby was out of the nest on a branch of the vine that supports the nest. It remained stationary a long time–then, when I wasn’t looking it was gone. I later looked into the nest and there was one unhatched egg. found this web site because I was searching to try to understand what I was seeing–

  7. Kim  Says:

    We have been watching a cardinal nest from one of our windows also. She started out with 3 eggs, and all 3 hatched….a couple of days later, 2 of the babies were gone. Not sure what happened to them, and we never found them on the ground. We watched her take care of the ramaining one, and he left the nest yesterday…I sat on my front porch watching him hop from branch to branch and watched mom and dad feed him and coax him to fly. The were actually “talking” to one another. It was so cute. Before I went inside last night, I checked on him one last time and he was on the branch of my lilac bush sound asleep. He never knew I was standing there watching him. Through the night, we got some pretty heavy rain and a terrible storm (windy) came blowing through. My boyfriend got up this morning and found him on the ground under the lilac bush dead. We were so upset to find him this way. I guess the storm was just too much for his little body. Mama continues to fly down to the little bird like she is checking on him…..I don’t think she realizes that he is gone. I feel so sorry for her and daddy because the actually lost all 3.

  8. Alison  Says:

    We found a cardinal nesting in the umbrella covering the table on our back deck. The is located about four feet from our back door! Three eggs were laid and only one has hatched. The baby seems to be fine and mama is feeding him/her fastidiously. However, the two eggs remaining are unhatched. It has now been five days since the first hatchling appeared. Is there any hope for the unhatched eggs?

  9. Claudia  Says:

    I found a baby cardinal on the middle of a busy intersection, too small to fly and no trees around. It has been 2 weeks now and She (I think) is doing GREAT!. I use Purina puppy chow, soak it for 30 min to an hour and then squeeze most of the liquid as it can drown the baby. I have been feeding it also some wild berries in the mixture and adding some finely chopped sunflower seeds ans whatever fly I happen to kill that enters my home. The bird is Doing GREAT!, I also have a baby Robin that I found on July 5th and watched the ENTIRE DAY for the parents to come and feed it. AT night I scopped the little one up and it also is doing great with the same feedings and some WORMS that WALMART sells in the sporting section for fishing. I just wanted to share my success. I usually foster Crows and european starlings, so these 2 little ones are a TREAT. The baby robing is low flying and sleeps outdoors in a safe place so he can be a free bird and live a normal birdie life, but the baby cardinal is MUCH to hoppy and will not follow me around like the Robin. The Cardinal is starting to PRACTICE fly and boy is it EVERYWHERE. I keep it in a nice large Flight cage for the moment and will be keeping it outdoors as she gets older/bigger so she too can live a long life and find a mate. NEVER give a baby bird water if it was no feathers, a drop will DROWN the baby bird!

    Use Dry cat/Dog food or Exact baby fird formula to feed orphanded baby birds. Feed every 30 min.

  10. Administrator  Says:

    Why would you foster a european starling? They are an invasive species that threatens native songbird populations. They should be shot on sight.

  11. Cyndy  Says:

    A cardinal made a nest in a tree by our front door. We were on vacation for almost two weeks in June and I suspect that’s when the nest was made. I tried not to use the front door but, of course, we needed to mow the lawn, we got visitors, etc. So the mother bird was constantly abandoning her nest. There were three eggs initially but it seems only one of them hatched. This morning when I looked (I can see the nest from a window inside the house), I could see the baby bird was quite still and there were flies buzzing around. Sure enough, the poor thing was dead. However, the mother bird keeps coming back to the nest. Why would the mother keep coming
    back to it? As far as I know, no other eggs have hatched.

  12. Rhonda  Says:

    We’ve been watching mom and dad cardinals feeding 3 baby cardinals for the past week and we were wondering how long the babies stay in the nest. The nest is in a potted potato plant about 4 feet tall very near our back patio. When the parents go into the nest to feed the babies we hear the babies chirping loudly. We’ve also seen the dad cardinal chase off another male cardinal in our backyard.

  13. Traci  Says:

    I have been caring for a baby Cardinal now for about 6 days. When I found the bird it had no feathers and had fallen from the nest and was about to be eaten by a dog. I fed it soaked dog food and cooked egg whites. I did give it drops of water and I guess I am lucky I did not drown the poor thing after reading some of these comments. However, it is doing great! It is flying around the house and I am wanting to help it learn to eat on its own. I have it in a bird cage and I take it outside several times a day so that it will begin to adjust to the sights and sounds. What should my next step be to ensure that this little sweetheart will be able to feed itself? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. It chirps a bunch and I am hoping this is a good thing.

  14. Laura  Says:

    I found a baby bird in my garage this morning and chased him out. Then I realized it was a baby cardinal as I found the nest in a maple tree not far from the garage.

    I debated if I should try and put the bird back in the nest as it could only fly a little bit and it seemed there was no way it could fly all the way back up into the tree.

    Well, I waited for 2 hours or so, and found the baby bird hiding in the bushes chirping away. I got a shoe box, put him in it and then wedged the shoe box into some branches inot the tree near the nest.

    I’m hoping the baby makes its way back into the nest. I hope I did the right thing as I didn’t want any animals on the ground to get him. Also hope the mother won’t abandon him but reading articles today that is just a myth.

  15. Gary  Says:

    A pair of cardinals built a next in a bush in our back yard. Yesterday there were four or five chicks in it. They were each 3-4 days old. Today, they are all gone! No sign of a disturbance, like a predator…. Could mommy have moved them??

    We are feeling sad, and a bit guilty, as neither we nor our neighbors knew they were there, and the last few days the kids have been playing vigorously in the area, with balls flying around, etc.

  16. Anna  Says:

    We’d been watching a nest of baby cardinals in the bush in front of the house, for a week. Two days ago I saw they were gone. But I could hear them when I came home from work. Looking out the back window I saw a little puff in the garden. Went down for a close look, and a poor tiny baby bird was stuck in the netting we put up around the garden. All twisted around its little bird foot. I cut him free with scissors, but he still had black fence strings around its foot. I cut as much as I could off and he hobbled away, not too damaged. Then I saw the second baby bird stuck in the net. I cut him out too. The mother and father cardinals were barking at me to get away. I removed the garden netting and watched out the window for a couple of hours. They were hopping or just standing. They seemed okay. I wish I had time to watch for them. I’ve seen the parents out the window, but not the little ones.

  17. Bill  Says:

    My family recently watched a cardinal make a nest right outside our kitchen window in a rose bush. Right away, we had two eggs. She sat on them for around two weeks and out popped one little chick. The second egg never hatched. The mother and father cardinal fed the little chick constantly as it quickly grew. After 10 days, the bird was fiesty, trying to climb out of the nest. Yesterday afternoon we noticed the bird was perched on the side of the nest, whistling quite a lot. No sign of the mother or father… The bird stayed there into the night, by itself. We’d shine a flashlight through the window and it would open its mouth, but couldn’t make noise anymore. We were saddened and didn’t know what to do. We thought the bird was in distress. After reading some posts, we learned that the parents begin to leave the young birds around this stage in their lives, yet come back occasionally to make sure they are fed and try to nudge them on their way to their first “flight.” So we let the bird rest by himself… low and behold, the bird was dead in the morning. It turns out that his foot was stuck in the nest. Could the parents have thought they had a diseased or “bad” offspring, and left it? Very sad indeed. We are all heartbroken! At least we have wonderul pictures and videos for our memories…

  18. Becky Tigges  Says:

    I’m so glad we found this blog. We found a baby cardinal last night around our fish pond. At first we tried to bring it in and care for it, but then I read that you should put it back and the parents would care for it. So we put him back outside in the backyard and watched the parents come looking for him and start to care for him. After dark we found him curled up next the fence sleeping. My hubby wanted to bring him in, but I said not to, because I figured that the parents would still take care of him through the night. Plus, I thought our air conditioning would make him too cold and we didn’t have any way of making a make-shift incubator. Next morning, everything was soaking wet, because apparently it rained. We went looking for him and he’s gone. I hope he is okay, but I am very sad and angry at myself for not bringing him in.

  19. Doreen  Says:

    For two weeks I watched and tried my best to protect one baby cardinal, while the Mother and Father met it’s needs. To prevent a neighbors cat from destroying the baby, like it had done to another family, last year at this time, I scattered branches with thorns, sticking out, around the bush. Each and everytime I went near this bush the Mother and Father birds would chirp as if in distress. I never touched the nest, but today, after I hadn’t notice much ativity in the bush for a day, I decided to investigate. The poor little bird was dead. I feel it may have been my fault that the parents abandoned it. For what other reason would a cardinal abandon a seemingly healthy baby bird?

  20. Administrator  Says:

    If the parents found your makeshift nest, I’d say your job is done, leave them be.

  21. Kathy  Says:

    We have been watching a cardinal nest for quite some time in the shrub surrounding our deck. Abotu a week ago all three eggs hatched, and the babies were resting just great last night. This morning the nest is completely empty! No babies, no parents around. Do mother’s move the babies or did something eat them?

  22. Gale  Says:

    Please tell me I did the right thing! We have a family of cardinals that made a nest in our grapefruit tree. Daddy has been watching over the nest and this morning my chocolate lab Maci found one of the babies on the ground. She watched over it till my husband came out and put the little critter back in the nest. We researched it online and it said that since its eyes were not open and no feathers we should put it back in the nest. I hope I did the right thing!

  23. TMW  Says:

    We’ve had a pair of cardinals feeding at our backyard feeder for weeks now. (They like both safflower and sunflower seeds.) Sometimes they cheep outside the door until I put out new seed in the evening, and then they start in eating, often before I get inside.

    Late this afternoon, I heard vigorous cheeping from the front yard. When I peered through the trees and bushes (from a distance) I first say the female and then a fledgling that she fed. The fledgling blends very well into oak bark. I stood still and watched for a while, and the mother backed away from the young one and sat still. The young one stayed quiet, too. So I put the seeds out in their usual place (and a few on the roof near where I saw them), and I’ve come inside. It’s quiet out there now. I hope all goes well.

  24. kathy  Says:

    We have also had the opportunity to watch the process of baby birds. We moved to Florida last June. In May they started building a nest on our fronch porch, in a half rounded pot handing from our shutters with petunias planted in it. This area is very well protected. We debated on letting this occur because of the front door, but decided we would use the garage door and that it might be fun to watch. We left for a week and when returned mom was sitting on the nest. We had some yard work to do, so mom would fly off when we walked in front of the front porch. She did get use to us and stayed on her nest which I was greatful for. Five, yes five babies were hatched. I couldn’t believe it. It has been fun to watch them grow. Eventually they were over flowing their tiny nest. I managed to keep my flowers alive however very carefully watering them when mom was gone. Two of the bird were gone, then we had three left for a couple of days. Then two were left for a day. One flew off when I was standing on the front porch. The next morning the last one was gone. Mom and Dad would sit out on the light post, and it seemed like they would be chirping them on to fly out of the nest. This morning as I was reading the stories posted on this website 3 babies appear on the porch. Chirping around and checking out the potted gardenia. I miss checking on them every morning. Isn’t nature just grand.

  25. Justin  Says:

    My neighbor had 2 baby cardinals in his front yard he kept falling out of the tree so i got Gloves and put him back its been 1 week and i found him dead i was very sad and i burried him on the front yard. this just happned today i think he was 1 month old.The 2nd one dissapered and i know there are no more babys in there so i keep the nest there and think there still there.

  26. Melissa  Says:

    I’m glad I found this blog. Last year we had a cardinal nest in a fig tree out on our deck. We watched the process through the bedroom window. 5 eggs, 5 babies, and we watched all 5 leave the nest as their parents led them into some brush by the woods by our house. A few weeks ago the fig tree was occupied again – by probably the same cardinals. We had even moved it, but they managed to find the exact one on our deck and built a nest. This time 2 eggs. She was on the nest last night, but this morning she’s gone and so are the eggs. No sign of the eggs at all, but the parents are still around and look to be building another nest in a bush nearby.

  27. Dianna  Says:

    This is so cool, I love cardinals, my mother used to have them around her house, but since her passing I have missed seeing them. This summer a cardinal couple have made residence at our home, I have named them Big Red and Lilly. Two weeks ago they hatched 4 beautiful little cardinals. Hearing them sing and watching them on the feeder is such a blessing. Yesterday I found them out of there nest and out on a limb ready to fly. They are gone today but I got some great pics and wonderful memories.

  28. sandy  Says:

    My son saw a cardinal “fall out of the sky”. It is now in a box with an abandoned nest. The baby seems to be content. It has an appetite and hopefully it won’t die. Does anyone know of a wildlife preserve in Montgomery County, Maryland?

  29. Tami  Says:

    We have a cardinal nest in front of our kitchen window in our lilac bushes. 2-3 babies were hatched a couple of days ago. Mommy & daddy cardinal have been bringing them bugs and worms, and taking good care of their brood. Yesterday we noticed a strange bird lingering around the nest, and we have been trying to scare him away from them when we see it. Today mom’s been sitting on the nest all day, so she knows the danger involved, I think. I am so afraid the “predator” will kill the babies, so I LIVE in front of the window watching so I can help protect them, by my movements..the mom and dad are used to us coming in and out of the door, but the preditor flys off. I hope they stay safe. I feel like they are my “grandbabies”!

  30. Ginny  Says:

    I’ve been watching a lot of young juvenile Cardinals the past month. They are fun. They are on their own now but I used to watch the parents with them and feeding them. I have loads of photos and short video clips of them . This is the first time I’ve seen any young ones. We have only had one pair around here for the past few years. The parents are never too far away, especially the father. I enjoyed reading your blog and all the comments. Thank you.

  31. sylvia  Says:

    yea,i had found a baby cardinal in my yard…..i felt bad so i brought it in and cleaned it off….it had a red head and brown body…barely only feathers……i have no clue how to care for it and i dont know what to do while im at school….noone can care for it….if i do believe so its should be about 19 days old but i cant tell…can you help?

  32. Birdzilla  Says:

    I guess also becuase they dont migrate like other birds they add a little color to the drab winter landscape and the male feed the female he is simply trying to imply he,ll be a good provider for the fledglings

  33. Janice  Says:

    A pair of cardinals nested in one of our ligustrum trees, about 4 feet above the ground. We have been seeing the mom and dad feeding the babies (we think 3) for a little over a week now. Last night about 8:30 pm I heard the mom and dad chirping like crazy. My son, husband, and I went out and there was a snake at the nest. My son picked up the snake and unfortunately, the snake killed one of the babies. The other two babies jumped out of the nest on to the ground. We found one, and put it back in the nest. The mom and dad kept chirping and jumping around over in another area of our yard, but after a while went back to the nest for the night. This morning, at first light, my husband and I went outside, and found the other little baby under the hedges where the mom and dad had left him. We put him/her back in the nest too. We watched for a while and we think the babies are learning to fly today. They have been very active and one is out of the nest again on the ground. We hope the little ones make it.

  34. diane lamont  Says:

    Cats are the culprits – keep your cats indoors where they belong. Birds are the sweetest animals and don’t kill just for sport like cats.

  35. Rita  Says:

    I’m glad I found this site. I have been watching a nest in our climatus vine near the front door for about 2 wks. I’m anxious to see them hatch. Thank you for all the info.

  36. Peg  Says:

    I am so glad I found this. I had Cardinals build a nest in a Norfolk Pine in a Pot along my house by the garage door. The Pine is about 6 feet tall and the nest was eye level for me.

    I saw 3 Babies hatch and kept an eye out for them to watch them grow up. Yesterday, I saw the mother Cardinal chirping away and, when I looked, she was going around the rim of the pot chirping. Then I noticed one of the baby birds on the ground. The baby started trying to fly, then hopped all the way across the front of my house with mom and dad Cardinal flying close by, and just chirping away. I wasn’t sure what to do. I finally went inside to call for advice, and when I went back out the baby was no place to be seen. The momma and daddy were flying back and forth on the roof of my house.

    It hadn’t been but about 10 days since the babies were hatched, and I have no idea what happened to the other 2 babies.

    It was a wonder to me to watch the nest building and the whole process of her sitting in it and I feel sort of let down because I don’t know where the babies are.

    Thanks for having this blog so that I might share this and I have learned a bit by reading the comments.

  37. Kim  Says:

    We had a Cardinal nest in a tree in our back yard, the nest was of very poor construction and the one and only baby fell out, it could not have been more than 4 days old and was moving around very well on the ground. We put it back in the nest a couple of times, but by now the nest is on it’s side and the bird would fall out. Well we grabbed an old bucket put some holes in the bottom, put about an inch of wood chips in it and the nest. We then hung it back in the tree. After about 30 min. and alot of noise from the parents they went into the bucket.
    The next day or so will tell us if this worked.

  38. Bevy  Says:

    Cardinals have built a nest under a kiddie swimming pool where I work. The babies have been there awhile and on Sunday one flew out of the nest. I was quite worried, but I guess that’s what was supposed to happen. I’ve been off for 2 days and will be able to check on them tomorrow. I’m hoping that all is well.

  39. Todd  Says:

    Help,

    I have a nest in a burning bush in the front yard. The nest is about three feet off the ground and a few local cats are trying to get to the chicks. Any ideas on what to do? I work days and cannot keep an eye out for the cats all day and night. I thin the chicks were hatched about three days ago so I am assuming they need another week in the nest. Is it safe to move the nest to a better location? Will the parents abandon them if I do?

    Thank you!

    Todd

  40. Administrator  Says:

    Don’t move the nest.

    Assuming you don’t have a live trap hanging around, or can’t convince your neighbors to keep their cats indoors.

    http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/

    Try various repellents available at home and garden stores. Coyote Urine and the like.

    The best solution would be a baited live trap, after capturing the cat you can bring it to the neighbor’s with a pamphlet about keeping cats indoors. People think that it is natural and good for house cats to be outdoors. There is nothing natural about it.

  41. Sharon  Says:

    I’m upset about what happened to the babies in the nest outside my kitchen window. Yesterday there were two very loud healthy chicks feeding. You could hear them throughout my house they were so loud. This morning I saw one sitting on the side of the nest and I thought it looked a bit weird. This afternoon I realized I had not heard from them for hours. I checked the nest and there is one dead chick inside the nest. I could not find the other chick or his body. The nest was probably 6 feet off the ground and under my front paito in a Nandina bush that grows there. I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure the one that is gone was not developed enough to even try to leave the nest. What do you think?

  42. Lesa  Says:

    Hello.. My daughter and I found a fledgling cardinal around 8:30pm in the middle of our culdesac. We watched for the parents and did see them flying around until dark. We were really worried someone would run over the baby or fireants or wild creatures would get it….cats, fox, raccoons. We live in an area close to the marsh and there are a lot of night prowlers. We placed the baby in a large wicker basket on a screened porch. He was hoping around, but could not fly. Should we place him back in the area where we found him last night tomorrow? We would not be able to watch him due to work and are a little scared to leave him out alone. After reading this wonderful website, I wish I had left him alone. I actually took him back outside in the basket, but my 10 year old daughter was really upset that something would get him. How long do you think it will be before he flys? He has tail and wing feathers and only has the downy feathers on his head. He seems healthy. I hope we did the right thing, but I’m really unsure!!!!!!!

  43. Administrator  Says:

    make sure he gets fed, meal worms if you have them (they sell them at pet stores) or jam/jelly if you do not. But baby birds tend to need to feed almost hourly.

  44. zuhar  Says:

    July 4th, we had bushes that were preventing us from parking our cars close to the house. We cut some branches and heard a baby bird chirping, the nest was intact on a branch-exactly like the pne in the picture in this site. The baby has some feathers very young but a long body. The baby was hoping for food and I learned that my husband gave it a drop of water-thinking it is too hot. We called the nature resources and was able to speak to someone from rehabilitation-my husband put the branch with the nest on it on couple branches and secured it. The parent cardinal has been flying around and chirping for 20 minutes I think it finally found the nest. I very worried that there is no chirping from the baby bird. I cried for an hour. I don’t know if the baby is harmed since it stopped chirping. The parent is very stressed. What should I do if the mom doesn’t take care of the baby? what if it dies?? how do I know mom is taking care of the baby bird? please help!!!!

  45. Carrie  Says:

    to: zuhar
    if the bird has stopped chirping, then it is most likely ok becuase the mom or dad cared for it. if they were franticly flying around b4, then chances are it was because they knew where the nest was and just wanted to ward of any predators, that was there alarm call. the baby is probably ok bcuz it was probably chirping of hunger, and stopped chirping after the mom came cuz she fed him and now his hunger is satisfied. if you find out something bad has gone wrong, then contact your nearest wild life rehab center. they are professionals and will give the baby the bast possible care to give it the best chance of survival and successful release. they also will have important and assisting advice to give you. CALL THEM find a rehab by going to:

    http://wildliferehabber.org/

  46. Carrie  Says:

    I have a question! I found a baby cardinal bcuz my nest box fell from a tree and two babies were inside. I discovered them bcuz my cat was crouching over them, and killed one. now i need an adequet diet for the baby (he’s about 4-5 days old) and can i get avian vitamins at a pet store? or do they have to be like prescribed from a vet? SOMEONE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. ritetzero.coma nelson  Says:

    lots of new babies eating and chirping as normal but look very scruffy………i’m really concerned.

  48. nancy  Says:

    for years ive been trying to figure out
    am i able to by a cardinal bird anywhere please reply!

  49. Carol  Says:

    We have had a cardinal couple (Mr and Mrs C) around our deck for the last year or two. We have a feeder. Yesterday, Mrs C started to come to our sliding glass door and peck and chirp, and Mr C is close by. I think something is wrong, and she thinks her babies (I haven’t actually seen any) are in our house. I don’t know where they nest, but I wonder if they are in the chimney. We have a cat who is mostly inside. Maybe she thinks the cat has them. I wish I knew what to do, because she is obviously very upset.

  50. Tomi  Says:

    Found a nest about 3 feet off the ground in a small live oak tree in the backyard. Three eggs hatched out June 2 and both the mother and father Cardinals fly in and out of the nest every 20 minutes feeding the babies. They are now 13 days old and are still in the nest. I thought they jumped to the ground at about 9 or 10 days. Does anyone know if this is normal and when should I actually expect to see them leave the nest.

  51. Hannah Duttera  Says:

    My dad found a baby girl cardinal in the middle of the road a little over a week ago. She can fly but not well and she can’t eat on her own. We’ve given her a paste made of pressed blackberries and chewed up sunflower seeds and she loves it! I don’t know how she ended up in the road but she’s lucky my dad found her. We are planning to set her free when all of her baby down is gone and when she can eat on her own. Hopefully this will be soon.

  52. Dale  Says:

    My wife and I have noticed a cardinal building a next in a rhodendron bush just outside our front window. Because our window is tinted we can watch the birds without them seeing us. What pleasure it has been. Now two babies have hatched and are leaving the nest very cautiously. The parents stay close by as if coaching them what to do next. Sometimes they feed them even after they are on the ground. It’s amazing how these little fellows seem to know how to communicate with each other.

  53. Becky  Says:

    My resident cardinals built a nest and laid one precious egg. A couple of weeks later there were two very, very tiny babies. Twins?
    Is this possible? Sorry to say only one fledged and the other despite all the hard work of Mom and Dad, just seemed to have failure to thrive. It was touching how they watched over him and urged him to eat. They stayed with him even days after died. Has anyone else witnessed twins?

  54. peggy  Says:

    I love cardinals I have a lot in my back yard but have never found a nest I think there was one in a large bush beside my driveway. The eggs were white with red specks on them. Could they be cardinal eggs?

  55. Tanga  Says:

    I am sick. We just found a female cardinal dead under our bird feeder. I am sure a cat killed her. I have seen the cardinal on the ground many times. I wish people had to keep their cats in like we have to keep our dogs in. People that have cats in town are inconsiderate of their neighbors. That cardinal had been here for 3 years.

  56. Ann  Says:

    I have a mother cardinal with 3 eggs in her nest, 2 have hatched, hoping the other hatches any day…look forward to see her feed them.

  57. Mary  Says:

    I have a cardinal nest with now 2 eggs in it. I see the parents near but rarely in the nest. Shouldn’t they be sitting in the nest more?

  58. Susan  Says:

    Where do I find the answer to all these questions?

  59. Christina Ott  Says:

    We’ve got a cardinal nest just outside our kitchen window. It’s in a lilac tree. Noticed the mother sitting on nest on May 28th and on June 7th saw mother and father coming and going feeding the 3 little chicks. We’ve been keeping the bright kitchen light out because we don’t want to scare the parents away. How long will it be before they can fly? Last winter we had six pairs of cardinals in our yard. I managed to get all six males on one picture. Really neat! Hope these little ones make it.

  60. human protector  Says:

    Earlier this year had cardinal try to have baby. They only had one egg but it didn’t hatch. They built another nest right above the old one and tried again. This time I saw three eggs. At the time I noticed two brown spotted egg and one like the other one that didn’t hatch (black spotted) Didn’t think much about it at the time, until the baby hatched. When I finally went to look at the baby, I was shocked at how big it was. Did some investigating and found out it was not a baby cardinal at all. Poor mom and dad cardnial were raising a brown cow bird. I tired chasing it away but it was no use. Poor dad kept feeding it. Mom didn’t care about it, she was busy building another nest. This time she is smarter. This time I think she pushed out a brown spotted egg(another cow bird). I found it broken on the rocks below the bush. Now mom and dad have four baby birds to feed. Today I spent all afternoon chasing away two big female brown cow birds. They are eyeing up the poor little ones, cause they are always chirping. They are loud! only at 3 days old I can hear them when I walk by the bush. Now that they are getting louder the dogs can hear too and are beginning to investigate. Should I be worried about the cow birds? I hate those things.

  61. Samantha  Says:

    This is the 2nd year that a cardinal nest has formed in the same spot as last year. it is right outside my bathroom window. They are about to fledge now and it so amazing to watch them. I hope they are back next year since this is their second time around. Also just wondering if anyone thinks they may be the same birds from last year? Just wondering if they will come back for several years to come :)

  62. J.Harrison  Says:

    We found a nest in our front yard yews, right outside my daughter’s window. 3 babies (eyes not open), one unhatched egg. Father and mother were close at hand. But the next day there was a HEAVY rainstorm, and the day after, nest was empty. I couldn’t find anything under the nest or in the bush. Weird thing, assuming predators got them, is that the nest was still in perfect shape. We have skunks in the area, haven’t seen raccoons for over a year, and nobody around here has outdoor cats. We have had crows recovering too, after being wiped out by the bird flu year. We still see cardinals in our yard and in the neighborhood, but it would have been neat to see that little family grow up!

  63. Kim  Says:

    We too had a nest with two babies in our backyard. Babies were doing awesome with mom and dad both feeding. We had a heavy rainstorm and high winds last night. We are devastated to have found them both dead underneath the nest. The poor parents keep coming back and calling for them with food. It is heartbreaking to see.

  64. Thomas Yeager  Says:

    Is it possible for Cardinals to move their babies?

  65. sarah  Says:

    i saw a mother cardinal chirping its head off in my dog’s fenced area, it nested in a giant bush. last year i saw a cardinal nest in that same bush maybe that cardinals babies is now a mama. anyways, i,ve been soo facsinated with cardinals i been reasearching billons of facts about them, i built a nice red bird house nailed in a tree, i bought a fountain and poured water in it and then i took my bird feader and filled it up with bread crumbs,hamster food and carrotts. now i see them every morning… i hope all the cardinals come in my birdhouse.

  66. sarah  Says:

    its been a week already and the baby cardinals already have thier eyes its so cool watching them grow up. both 2 girls. i named them maryssa and goldie… they r sooo cute!!! the mama lets me see them and look at them up close i love the mama she is so cute i took a blanket and threw it over the bush, so it would rain on the babies. i heard and believe that if you touch the babie or nest they wont fly away. it was a myth i do it all the time but dont touch the babies often, they will die if you touch them a lot.

  67. Marina  Says:

    We have a cardinal nest in a sturdy viburnum bush at the south side of the house just outside one of the kitchen windows- braced on both sides by additional bushes, and on the north side by the house itself. I hope this arrangement gives them optimum shelter. My only concern is garter or milk snakes; perhaps the proximity to the house will keep predators to a minimum- we have no neighbors.

  68. sarah  Says:

    i really hope the babies dont fly away. i love watching them everyday after school they are so cute. ive been watching the birdfeeder up in my orange tree i put up, and i see thousands of birds every minute, i guess they like hamster food.

  69. Michelle  Says:

    A cardinal couple has started a family in a bush in our yard. We have enjoyed watching Romeo and Juliet the past few weeks and today the 5 little chicks were born. We set up a sunflower feeder near the nest so she doesn’t have far to fly for food and will keep the dogs away in about a week. Other than that I don’t know what more we can do. Many of the posts here sadden me. I hope they all make it. The odds seem stacked against them. I better not see any loose cats in my yard but we can’t watch them 24/7. They are so tiny and crying in silence for food when we peeked at them when mama flew off for a bit. I am a little stressed to be honest.

  70. tim  Says:

    the mom left it on its on and we didnt know what to do with it and it does not know how to fly.We have been teaching it how to fly and it has been well so far . oh yeah this happend in one hour.crazy!!!!!!!right yeah crazy!!!!!!!!

  71. Gibson Hooten  Says:

    How long does it take a baby cardinal to learn how to completely fly? A Baby cardinal got out of the nest and was on the ground “fly/jumping”. We don’t want to let our dogs out in the fenced back yard until the baby is able to completely fly and is possibly gone. We don’t want to disturb the mother “teaching” the baby how to fly. But we’d like to have some idea how long before we can let our dogs back in the back yard.

  72. Kahree  Says:

    Last year we moved to a new spot in our regular RV park, and ALL spring I had the male attacking every window in my place! I tried the screens, soaping the windows, and shooting it with water to try and deter it. I get that they are territorial. He was back with a vengeance this fall, through the winter, and now there is a nest on the patio table right next to my front door. WHAT DO I DO TO GEDT RID OF THESE BIRDS???? If I smash the eggs in the nest will that keep them from coming back to my place??? I am TOTALLY SERIOUS!!!! I hate the constant window attacks from sunup to sundown, the bird shit all over my deck, the chirping when I’m trying to sleep. After 2 years I am at my wit’s end, and I need it to stop. I don’t want to kill them or the eggs, but I will if someone does not give me a better solution!

  73. Coustana  Says:

    Two years ago a neighborhood cat got into a cardinals nest I’d been observing in our bush by the porch. Killed them all and pulled the nest sideways. The parents left. Well….I discovered this week that a new set of parents (?) are using the same old nest but it is sitting sideways in the crotch of the branches. 3 eggs today. That same cat is lurking around trying to kill my rabbit, and I know he’ll get the nest, esp. since it’s unstable. What should I do? One year wind blew a cardinal’s nest out of another bush so I went to a thrift store, got a little basket, stuffed it with the nest leftovers & put the babies back in. The parents nearly freaked when they came and the babies were “gone” but they could hear them peeping in the basket. They went ahead and sat in the basket until it was time to leave. So cute. My whole point is, first I want to deter the cat…..I use aluminum foil around house plants and it works…..should I stuff the lower bush with it??? Also, I can see the weight of the babies may dump the nest! Should I watch the nest and put it in a little basket when things get iffy? Or should I adjust the nest so it’s more stable?? I know that cat will be waiting like a vulture. HELP!!!

  74. Brooke  Says:

    I also had a nest outside my back door, started with two eggs, dad helped and brought food to the mom and mother also left and came back to feed the babies. I saw two babies, then one day I looked and there was just one baby and an egg! then today just one egg.. the babies didn’t seem old enough to have left but they may have decided to move them since we have dogs in the yard (who are pretty nice, but still…) I wonder why they chose that spot? I was going to say to the woman who said a cat killed a cardinal. Is the cat nice? you could put a collar or ribbon around it’s neck with a little bell. At least when it moves the bell will ring, warning the birds. I keep my cats inside, but you can’t help strays unless you call the pound or bring it to the shelter

  75. Brooke  Says:

    p.s. don’t smash the eggs, if you are that fed up just pick the nest up and move it to a shrub nearby when the parents are watching

  76. lacey  Says:

    There’s a cardinals nest in a small bush in our back yard and its to high for me to see cuz i’m only 9 and i herd peeping just a few minutes ago.When i was outside and i thought i saw 1 of the babys on the ground but there wasn’t .At least nothing bad happend but what do i do the dog next store hates birds and i’m scared that the cardinals will get killed what do i do.

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