Date: 5/22/20 7:32 am
From: william haddad (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: My first posting - hope it's "worthy"


On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 2:28 AM Peggy Helms <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Like most backyard birders, I have some cardinals that are regulars
> morning and evening. I was late tending to my platform feeder this morning
> and there was a cardinal hovering by the window to let me know this. I've
> seen hummingbirds do that but not a cardinal. Not wanting to upset one of
> my best customer, I immediately took care of the feeder. The next time I
> looked, the whole family was there. Today was the day to teach the young
> birds how to eat seed on their own and where to find an easy meal. The
> begging quivering of the young ones lasted only a short time before they
> were all surrounding the pile of fresh seed. Then his attention turned
> toward the female cardinal sitting on the sidelines and he fed her some
> seed as well. There were also etiquette/survival lessons to be learned: who
> goes first, when to retreat to a corner of the large platform, when to
> leave the vicinity (for a few minutes) I believe that these were all
> normal behaviors, but all very special to see. It was even more
> heart-warning to be sought-after for the big day for this bird family.
> Peggy Helms
> In the middle of nowhere, near Bentonville, NC

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