I’ve never seen a cardinal due to colorblindness but they’re looking a little ratty. Are they molting?
Fantastic shots of the hummers and butterflies!
New Hampshire Gardener,
They are mostly ratty for sure right now. Found it unusual to have the one female feeding three fledglings this time of year. Another note is that in the spring watched two sets of fledglings and the male cardinals did all the feeding. Thank You…
Interesting about the Cardinals. They all look like they’ve had a rough time. I wondered about some of those who have fed at my seed table, and even up close on my window sill. (I put seed on it too.) I’ve seen a fledgling right on the sill, sitting in seed, begging it’s adult for food. It eventually flew down to the patio where it could have gotten it’s own seed, but begged on. Adult finally fed it after the adult had eaten some itself. I couldn’t tell difference between female and male. It’ll be nice as they get more color back. Great detailed photos here. Birds and Butterflies.
A lot of the adults molting. Don’t recall seeing fledgling cardinals this late in the summer. Not sure how long it takes for the young ones to learn to eat on their own. Some definitely take longer than others in all the bird species I have observed. Some just learn slower or are lazy I spose’. I can’t tell the difference between male and female fledglings either. Thank You…
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