It seems our deck rail has now become something of a feeding station. Last week I showed you the Pileated Woodpeckers. And this time it's a Northern Cardinal.
A very young cardinal, hardly able even to fly to the deck rail, sat looking rather confused. I'm not sure I have ever seen a cardinal this young out of the nest.
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A face only a mother or father could love
The father flew to the bird feeder and returned with sunflower chips. He fed the sweet little thing right there on the deck rail.
He puts the food far down in the baby's mouth
The father flew off to get more food. He returned several times to feed his chick.
I hope this little one does well.
I'm sure it will be a gorgeous bird one day.
Thoughts go out to those affected by the flooding in West Virginia and the continued raging wildfires in California. And to all those suffering wherever they may be.