Raising Baby Birds- Day 3

Not much change today in the baby birds other than they seem to be more mobile.  They never seem to be particularly hungry at the first two feedings, but then start eating better.  I’m curious as to what kind of birds these are.  They are developing white bellies.  We’ve had a crazy mockingbird who has been serenading us loudly about 1 am for the past few weeks so I’m wondering if these could be baby mockingbirds.  I see no resemblance to a cardinal at all at this point and they don’t seem to have the short stout cardinal beaks.  But there sure was a male and female cardinal hanging around most of yesterday where the tree used to be before it was cut down.  They seemed a little perturbed too.  Of all the photos I’ve seen on the Internet of baby cardinals, the interior of their mouths are red.  These babies have yellow mouths as you can see.  Not sure if that is even significant, but just something I’ve observed.  I suppose they could be starlings too.  I successfully raised four starlings back in the seventies and I found them to be quite hardy little birds.

I guess the mystery continues…..



About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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4 Responses to Raising Baby Birds- Day 3

  1. Maybe the cardinals had, or were making a nest in that tree too. Even fledgling bluebirds don’t look like the parents. It’ll be fun to see what they turn out to be!

    • Gail says:

      Yesterday we started seeing blue color in the feathers so I am 99% sure they are Eastern bluebirds. We haven’t seen any bluebirds in the area lately but about a month ago they were hanging out a lot in the tree next to this one. We saw them everyday for a while. Today I’ve seen four cardinals in the brush pile that used to be the tree.

  2. Linda Stoll says:

    Oh that second picture!


    Chirp, chirp!

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