This is exciting news for us because we have had poor success with cardinals in the past. One time they built the nest under the umbrella which did a Mary Poppins one night then one time I watched as a jay stole the chicks from the nest. We are keeping out fingers crossed this time for a safe fledging. Maybe the tight spot will offer some protection from predators although it would be very easy for a snake to slither up the tree....and believe me we have snakes.
There was another hatching a week ago. This time from the mud adobe on the wall by the kitchen door.
I had watched the wasp build this house last year, finally laying her egg, stuffing in a few insects and sealing the door. When I saw the hole drilled in the wall I knew the larva had hatched eaten and flown away. Time to take the house off the wall. I should have done the job right away because before I got round to it the hole was sealed over again. You can see the smooth spot in the center where the hole was closed.
This wasp deserves the OBE. You may know of this award as being called the Order of the British Empire and awarded every year by the queen. A rather irreverent uncle of mine said the letters stood for Other Bugg..s efforts. I just call it Other Bugs Efforts.
This caterpillar didn't fool my eye. Can you see him?
He has positioned himself along the stem of this blackfoot daisy. You can see his feet clinging wrapped around the stem.
Maybe the cardinal with its keen eye will find this one for her chicks.