Starting to see a pattern

Yesterday's cardinal nest in the bamboo was actually the second cardinal nest in a somewhat exposed spot that I've seen recently.


The first is here, in my soon-to-be-removed black bamboo. You don't see it?



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That mass of dead, leafless culms seems like a terrible place to raise chicks, but the other day I saw a nest about four or five feet from the ground.


Do you see it yet?

Let's jump ahead, skip the medium shot...


A female cardinal almost perfectly camouflaged, except for the brightly-colored beak.


Really an excellent choice I think -- look at all of that brown!

If I can't see you, you can't see me, right?

I'm hoping the cardinals will actually be raising their own chicks this year and not cowbird offspring like I saw last year. With at least two nests in the garden chances are good, right?

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Mark and Gaz  – (April 21, 2015 at 5:42 AM)  

I'm surprised they opted for that spot seeming as bamboos sway but they do look content there.

Lucy Corrander at Loose and Leafy  – (April 21, 2015 at 7:51 AM)  

I hadn't realised anything nests in bamboo. Indeed in a clump like this I would have (wrongly) assumed a nest would be exposed and obvious. But the stalks (stalks?) of the bamboo must also act like metal bars between birds and predators.

Maywyn Studio  – (April 21, 2015 at 8:08 AM)  

Wow, great pictures.
I thought cardinals nested in pine trees like blue jays. I'm surprised the nest is so low to the ground like some robins I've known. Like don't they know about cats?

Steve Lau  – (April 21, 2015 at 9:35 AM)  

Wow, p nigra looks damaged pretty badly. That's looking much worse than any of my bamboos after the tough winter, but the tarps definitely blocked out a lot of the potential damage.

My P nigra has hardly any leaf burn at all after a brutal winter so I'm interested in seeing how big it gets next month with shoots.

Alan  – (April 21, 2015 at 11:38 AM)  

There are so many bird nests in my bamboo: grackles, robins, and cardinals are the ones that I'm sure of, and there may be more.

Maywyn: I'm also surprised that both cardinal nests are so low to the ground!

Steve: if you get that sizeup you're hoping for, you won't be able to tarp and then you'll get topkill like I did. Two years in a row, so this species is being removed.

outlawgardener  – (April 22, 2015 at 8:44 AM)  

Wow! Two cardinal nests! You lucky pup. Sorry that the black bamboo didn't make it through winter for you. Some birds build their nests in the strangest places.

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