At least two of the babies are fledging today. I don't know what has happened to the third baby. I was going to look at the nest this morning, and lo and behold! There was a baby on to of the nest bush. It wasn't until later I saw the second one inside the bush but away from the nest.
The Baby #1 sat there for a long time, while mom and dad flew around. I guess they were encouraging it to take the flight. When it finally did, I was not prepared for that. My camera had just gone into shut down mode!
Baby #1 flew over the fence and into the crepe myrtle. Immediately a blue jay showed up! Wow!
Mom and dad went into battle mode! They drove that jay off with a flurry of wings and actual body hits. I never saw where the baby had flown to.
I also saw mom fly to to the wooden fence where she could see Baby #2 still in the nest bush and see Baby #1 in the tree.
The jay is now aware the babies are there. He has flown into the patio where Baby #2 is still sitting in the nest bush. Momma drove him away this time.
I guess the Blue Jays kill the new cardinal babies. Classic battle of red and blue. Mom is in the nest bush now feeding Baby #2 again. I am sure it is harder now that the fledglings have split up into different trees. I wonder if they will come back to the nest tonight?
I wondered about that third baby. Remember he was not as responsive as the rest when I would look at the nest? I expected to see a dead thing in the nest, but when I held the camera up to snap the photo, it showed an empty nest! I hope that means they all were able to make it! If so, I imagine the one still in bush is that third last baby. And the fact the parents are still feeding it is a good thing.
I am glad the babies are out of the nest. They took the next step in life, and it was a huge one.
Maybe next year I will see one of the babies here raising a nest full of grandchildren!