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Molting Male

Inside Our Home

The male Cardinal of the pair that decided to nest and raise a chick inside our Solar Room a few years back. Nature seems to come to us.

For the record, Cardinals seem to be extremely clean birds and only pooped outside totally away from their nesting area. That surprised me. But we were very lucky there!!! Otherwise, the mated pair would have immediately been evicted.


Cardinals are shy birds that build their nest in more secluded places with dense foliage. Quiet areas with lots of shrubbery or thickets have their preference. You can find cardinal nests that are as low as a 1 foot above the ground but no higher than 15 feet. They look for dense vegetation where their nests will be well-hidden from any predators.


This pair built their nest about 4 feet high in the branches of an indoors hibiscus tree. No dense vegetation to hide them; unless you consider other potted hibiscus plants and geraniums "dense vegetation." However, they definitely were safe from both weather and predators. After this experience, we've had to strongly discourage the pair from trying to try to nest indoors again. They try every Spring now. Although they did no damage - and it was a cool experience watching the egg hatch and the chick grow - I don't want a repeat performance.

Nikon COOLPIX P900
1/320s f/5.6 at 178.0mm iso1600 full exif

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Mieke WA Minkjan02-Apr-2022 12:02
a beautiful photo and story V
joseantonio01-Apr-2022 03:39
love those colors.V.
Gill Kopy01-Apr-2022 03:01
How cool to have well trained, exotic birds as tenants :) You got a great shot here. V
Helen Betts01-Apr-2022 00:42
What an amazing experience that must have been, and a great capture of this molting male.
Graeme31-Mar-2022 22:57
What an amazing thing to have happened to you, Liz. A superb capture of the male cardinal on the windowsill.V
Jola Dziubinska31-Mar-2022 22:37
Impressive beak, great photo. V.
LynnH31-Mar-2022 22:30
We have a pair that live somewhere in our yard. This guy doesn't look very handsome with the feathers gone. LOL Great catch and story! V
Carl Carbone31-Mar-2022 21:50
What a cool experience. You got a nice shot of "dad".
Mairéad31-Mar-2022 21:32
He's very colourful and obviously knows where to find a good spot to nest.