Sunday, June 1, 2008

Door Into Summer

It's the first day of summer, so says I. Here's proof:

A baby cardinal, perched on the roof of my (very dirty) car.

As you can tell by the closeup, he didn't even flinch when I put the camera right in his little face. Close inspection revealed that there was no nest in the tree overhead. There were, however, a mated pair of two very noisy adult cardinals perched on the mailbox. I put two and two together and decided this little guy wasn't a gravity case, but rather right in the middle of flight training. It doesn't take more than a couple of hours for most songbirds of this size to test their wings out of the nest, so actually coming across the event is pretty lucky.

Sure enough, as soon as I backed off, the adults give us a low fly-by, and the kid flaps his cute little butt right off the car and 20 feet through the air, into the yard for a 3-point landing.

Welcome to the neighborhood, little guy. Feeder's out back, refill is on Sundays.

Have a good summer!


bunbun said...


What a photo!!!! I can never get shots of birds and I get so frustrated trying because there are always birds in my yard, but they hate me!!!!!

That is the cutest sweetest baby bird photo ever, his expression is so sweet!

Ku said...

Heh, I just got lucky. ^^;

He was very well-behaved, and his parents didn't dive-bomb me like the damn blue jays do when I mow around their tree.

I can't ever get pictures of birds on the feeder or in the trees because my zoom is weak. I don't have the shutter speed for birds in flight, either... S'pose only pros with really good cameras can get those shots. ;_;

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