However, she is now a full time mom, and I'm a birdie Grandma. (sort of)
The Saga Continues:
Today I came home to find Mr Cardinal busily tending and feeding the youngsters, even flying in near me. Later as I sat on my garden scooter mid arbor path, both Mom and Dad flew back and forth working double time trying to keep those little mouths filled! The arbor and nest were just down the path from me, and it was great to have them coming and going and feeding babies with me so close by. They seemed as comfortable as if I were not around. I loved it.
When I finished my work, I thought I'd grab a quick pic of the little darlings. I hadn't seen the parents for a little while, so I figured the coast was clear. I walked up to the arbor, and raised my camera to that one opening in front of the nest - you know, the one that borders all of the nest shots. Suddenly, camera raised, pointed, and only INCHES away, I was shocked into reality as I realized that Momma Cardinal was SITTING ON THAT NEST and looking right at me! And she didn't look frightened, didn't look poised to fly away, just looked like a pet, a friend, might look. I had just walked up and shoved my camera in her face! I could not believe it. My lens was 4" or less from her! And she didn't run away! I didn't want to risk all of that trust by setting off a flash in her face, so I lowered my eyes and my camera and slowly backed away.
I walked away giddy. That naive little girl who SO wanted to be friends with the animals lives on within me, and SHE IS SO HAPPY TODAY!