The Cardinals’ Nest Outside Our Front Door

When my wife was pruning the bush near our front door she discovered a cardinals' nest with four eggs. We could see the inside of the nest from our living room window. It seemed that the nestlings were only around for about a week but from reading Northern Cardinal, one of the Wild Bird Guides from Stackpole Books, I learned that "young cardinals typically fledge about ten or eleven days after hatching." I also learned that "during a nesting season, cardinal pairs may attempt to raise three, four, or even five broods." I may not have wanted to learn that "parents clean the nest of fecal material by eating the fecal sacs produced by their nestlings." Other titles in this series are the American Goldfinch, the Black-capped Chickadee, the Downy Woodpecker, the Red-tailed Hawk, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and the Tufted Titmouse.