The mother cardinal also removes fecal sacs from nest. Had never seen that before.
Evening on the 5th. The first time children are really visible.
I could not tell where this kid was standing, on nest rim? But upon seeing picture I could see that kid was out of nest on branch.
And then baby took flight, but never flapped wings. It dropped to cement like a stone right at my feet. I've seen dead babies on the sidewalk, but never had one drop in front of me. Had this baby managed to flap its wings a bit it would have landed in the grass or in a nearby little tree. Perhaps if the nest were higher the fledge would have been successful, but not all fledges have happy endings.
Instead, baby gasped a bit, then lay still, mortally wounded.
I moved baby off path, then went for a shroud and buried baby in secret place.
I know this is a general public blog. Horrible things happen. Not all baby birds survive. I don't know why this baby didn't flap its wings. There was no sight of the parents when this happened.
Cardinal parents are wonderfully caring. I knew they would search for their child. Deeply saddened I came back upstairs and wept. The baby never hurt anyone and lost its life. How is it that I have more feelings for this little bird than for some humans.
This report will continue. It is not all sad.