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#43009 May 12th, 2007 at 01:22 PM
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After it's first flush of blooms I aways trim back and shape my rose tree into a rounder top.
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I had begun to groom it up and was cutting away dead limbs when I discovered a bird's nest.
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This has happened a couple of years ago when my grandsons heard some chirpping and followed the sound to the same rose tree and there were two baby birds in it , a week later they were gone!!!! Just an empty nest , Now a nest is back again,, When I opened the back door twice today I hear 'fluttering' from that direction But because we have soo many birds around here I gave it no attention
Guess I'd better from now on so I can see what kind of bird it is... two years ago it was cardinals,, However a couple of days ago I found two dead bluejays in the yard One an adult and one 1/2 grown.

Can someone ID this egg??

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that's a cardinal's egg.


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Keep your eye on the nest from a distance and see what visits it.


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That's what I've been trying to do But when I open the door it;s behind the door so I can't see it fly off I only hear it fly off! I guess I could go out the front door and walk around from the opposite side then I'd see it!!!
It may very well be a Cardinal Joclyn ~ Thanks~ Do they try to nest in the same area or tree every spring??


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They could. The FEW Cardinal nests I have seen are in small bushes usually at knee to waist high. But I am not sure if that is ALWAYS the case.


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What a special find, Diane!
And a terrific shot of the egg - can't wait to find out what kind of bird it is!

I love finding Mother Nature's treaures like that - we don't get to see many nests here, but I do have 2 that I've saved, and use 1 as garden whimsey. That one is about the size of yours - found it on the ground a few years ago empty, and the other is a hummingbird nest that a father of one of Brian's friends gave me, when he heard I like hummers. I haven't put that one out yet - it's so special that I don't want it to get ruined.

Do you think you'll keep this one when they are finished with it and use it somewhere?

I'll take a picture of the one I have out, tomorrow.


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We've always had a nest on our front porch but this year we didn't. I guess the bird died. I love finding nests. I've never seen a cardinals egg before. Thanks for posting.



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cardinals only live for 1 or 2 years, so, if you do see a nest in the same spot more than once, it's probably a different bird that built it.

be careful to not disturb the nest...the mom may abandone it if you bother her too much.


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Originally Posted by joclyn


be careful to not disturb the nest...the mom may abandone it if you bother her too much.



I did see the cardinal going into the nest today!!! I could see it from the kitchen window!!!
I didn't touch the nest nor will I go back to it ~ I will just let nature take it course!! thumbup
I don't know if I'll do anything with it later or not Lynne I have no idea how long it will use the nest why I suppose when the baby is able to fly out on it's own it won't come back to the nest? why


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Once a baby bird leaves the nest it NEVER returns, even if it can't fly good yet. But Don't worry. They WON'T voluntarily leave the nest UNTIL they are ready.


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Okay Thank for that infor Thorny!!!

I tried to get a picture of the cardinal but wasn't fast enough~~ But I did capture a Bluejay They are a common site here!
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AHHH, the ever-present Blue Jay. We birders are fascinated by them as they have an amazing repertoire of sounds they make. And they constantly invent new ones. I have about eight in my yard and they are ALWAYS welcome guests. Whenever I can I put out peanuts in the shell on my platform feeders for the Blue Jays, Squirrels, and sometimes, Tufted Titmouses.


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