Yesterday, I was finally able to snap pictures ( a little glare from the glass screen) of the baby cardinal that I had written about earlier, this time grown to near adult size. It is accompanied by its Dad, who picks out seeds from the feeder and shoves it into Baby's mouth. A big baby indeed!
No sign of Mom though. Is she off shopping instead of caring for Junior? I wonder how the cardinal society works.
From this link:
Cardinals are believed to breed from April to September. A female cardinal lays an average of three to four eggs. The females are responsible for incubating the eggs while the males look for food for his mate and later for their young. At nine to 10 days, the young cardinals can already fly. Once they leave their nest, the male parent takes care of the fledglings and feed them with insects for three weeks while the female prepares for a second brood. It is said that the male has a strong instinct to feed such that he is capable of feeding fledglings of other species.In another fascinating look at Cardinal Society:
After the fledging of their young, adult cardinals sometimes divide the brood...one adult takes some fledglings to one part of the territory, the other adult takes the rest to another part of the territory.Actually,she was most probably away caring for her other offspring. And here I was hoping that the female cardinal had decided to take some 'me time' for herself.