Northern Cardinal Fledgling

June 19, 2017  •  3 Comments

This Northern Cardinal Fledgling was on the edge of a birdbath that I have in my yard. I saw another one on the ground nearby.

This has been a good Spring for seeing and photographing fledgling in my yard here in town. Here are a couple of more that I was able to photograph: American Robin Fledgling and Common Grackle Baby

Northern Cardinal FledglingNorthern Cardinal FledglingNorthern Cardinal Fledgling at my Birdbath Here in Arkansas

Northern Cardinal Facts

The common name, as well as the scientific name, of the northern cardinal refers to the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, who wear distinctive red robes and caps. The term "northern" in the common name refers to its range, as it is the northernmost cardinal species.

The diet of the northern cardinal consists mainly (up to 90%) of weed seeds, grains, and fruits. It is a ground feeder and finds food while hopping on the ground through trees or shrubbery. It will also consume insects, including beetles, cicadas, grasshoppers, and snails; it feeds its young almost exclusively on insects.

Pairs mate for life, and stay together year-round. Mated pairs sometimes sing together before nesting. During courtship they may also participate in a bonding behavior where the male collects food and brings it to the female, feeding her beak-to-beak.

Young fledge 10 to 11 days after hatching. Two to three, and even four, broods are raised each year. (Wikipedia)


Greg Topp(non-registered)
Great info on the Cardinal! The only fledglings I have right now are Eastern Phoebes that are still in the nest. Parents are feeding them all day like mad!
Good luck precious little one! I hope I never see them because there are so many cats roaming my neighborhood. But I truly appreciate their journey.
Lovely photo Steve, its great to see all the young one about, and we always hope as many as possible servive.
All the best, Gordon.
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