Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fast Food

Cardinal feeding fledgling

Our bird feeder has been a fast food restaurant this week with the female cardinal doing the take out. 
She grabs a sunflower seed to go, and flies up to the big hickory tree overhead to feed her fledglings, 
who do everything in their power to attract her attention. 
They fly and hop from branch to branch, positioning themselves to receive their version of an Egg McMuffin.

Cardinal feeds fledgling

Their incessant twittering imparts a sense of urgency. Mom can have no doubt about how hungry they are.

Cardinal feeds fledgling


fledgling cardinal in tree

A young male waits.

cardinal feeds fledglings

He is joined by his sister...

cardinal feeds fledglings

...and the girls win!

In years past, we've watched a male cardinal do the feeding, but in this family, it was all the mother's job.

"Did somebody say this was a BIRD feeder?

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday


eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, love the Cardinal photos. It looks so sweet seeing the adult feeding their young. The raccoon shot is cool, at first I thought it was just one, lol. Awesome post and photos.

Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

magnificent photography of feeding cardinals and wonderful shot of that raccoon ~ ^_^

Brian King said...

Great feeding photos! I've seen cardinals doing the same in our yard in past well as feeding cowbird chicks. The raccoons made me laugh!

Margaret Adamson said...

Love seeeing the birds being fed by their parents but that last shot take the prize. Have a good week ahead

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Lovely series of photos Connie.

Felicia said...

she is one busy mama. cute racoon.

A Colorful World said...

Sweet bird feeding shots! And I loved the raccoons!

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) Incredible shots of the young Cardinals being fed by an attentive mother. Really very colourful, and pretty scenes, and great shot of the Racoons.

Lady Fi said...

Incredible shots.

David Gascoigne said...

Great series of pictures of the Northern Cardinal feeding its young. The fact that only the female is feeding perhaps indicates that something untoward has befallen the male. In my experience both parents are generally equally attentive.

Stewart M said...

Great final shot - thats an animal I really want to see!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Chris Rohrer said...

Birds? Raccoons? All cute to me:)

Anita Johnson said...

These cardinal pictures are just stunning!

June Caedmon said...

Fun series, Connie! We had several young cardinals earlier this year and it's always fun to watch them beg. Our coons only come out after dark. Unfortunately for them I lock the bird feeders up every night :) Have a blessed week!

Liz said...

Hi Connie, I am your newest follower!
These images are all so beautiful. Isn't God's creation wonderful?!