Northern Cardinal and Vegetable Garden Raiding Buck

September 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Northern Cardinal and Vegetable Garden Raiding Buck

In 16 years at our place in Portuguese Cove we've never had more than a single cardinal at a time and they only stayed for a few days. The proximity to the coastal barrens is a likely deterrent but over the years our deciduous trees have grown taller and fuller. There has always been excellent roosting locations in our mature mutltiflora rose hedges and dense ornamental shrubs, plus the forest itself.

Our home has always been a migrant trap. Its close to the coastal migration route of many birds and provides excellent cover. Over the years we've tallied perhaps 160+ species. I don't keep count any more but when I last did about fourteen years ago we had 126 species and a lot has happened since then. If I invested in a good telescope I could probably tally another 20-30 ocean and pelagic species but I prefer to photograph nature and invest my time and money there.

Five weeks ago the cardinal situation changed when a single juvenile female arrived and stayed. Now low and behold a juvenile male arrived a few days ago and the two have become a couple so we may have resident cardinals here after all. I wish them well here or wherever they choose to set up house keeping. They will never lack for food at our place.

The photos were taken through two layers of window glass so they do lack definition.

Five weeks ago the cardinal situation changed when a single juvenile female arrived and stayed. Now low and behold a juvenile male arrived a few days ago and the two have become a couple so we may have resident cardinals here after all. I wish them well here or wherever they choose to set up house keeping. They will never lack for food at our place.

The photos were taken through two layers of window glass so they do lack definition.

Juvenile Female Northern Cardinal

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Juvenile Male Northern Cardinal

It just visited our sunflower seed feeder.

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Yesterday we had a unique experience when three young bucks arrived two festooned with netting probably after a recent vegetable garden raid. To my chagrin one of the garden raiders was chowing down on my Rose of Sharon which is normally 12 feet feet high but with the weight of the blooms it was drooping down to munching height.

Fortunately the netting is flimsy and will disappear over time.

Vegetable Garden Raiding Young Buck

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