A closer look

I often feel like early morning in the garden is the absolute best time to be out there. Even after pulling bamboo rhizomes for 30 minutes, boots caked with mud, the cool air no relief when wearing too many layers, something happens that makes the time special.

Today it happened in the far back of my garden, behind one of the Fargesia dracocephala 'Rufa'. Doesn't look like much in the shot above, but take a closer look...


Still nothing...

Wait, is that...

...a nest!

I'm not sure what bird makes this type of nest, but I know it's not a robin. Brown thrasher maybe? A bird flew off as I approached but I only saw brown.

Actually, I think this is a Northern Cardinal nest. Does anybody know for certain?

Bird nests always get me excited!

I'm hoping this is the year that I find a hummingbird nest. I'm pretty sure they're nesting back here somewhere every year...


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Mark and Gaz  – (April 20, 2015 at 11:04 AM)  

How cool! And it'll be interesting to follow how those eggs get on. Hope they hatch and doesn't get abandoned.

Alan  – (April 20, 2015 at 11:16 AM)  

It's surprising how out in the open this nest is. Sure it's hidden from the sides, but when you're standing there it's plainly visible with no cover.

outlawgardener  – (April 20, 2015 at 1:21 PM)  

How exciting and sweet is that? A truly wonderful surprise!

Alan  – (April 20, 2015 at 5:29 PM)  

I was right and you were too Teri: it was a cardinal (Northern Cardinal). Tomorrow you'll see that it's a theme in my garden right now...

Chickadee Gardens  – (April 20, 2015 at 7:53 PM)  

How wonderful! Lovely lovely. Keep us posted!

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