Baby Cardinal Video

By: GardenGrrl , 3:04 AM GMT on June 01, 2013

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Ta-Daaaa, my first video on You-Tube. A cardinal family has built a nest in my climbing rose bush. There were three eggs and two have hatched. The video isn't real great because it's being shot at the far end of my zoom as not to pester the parents.

So this is going to be the baby bird and nature photo blog :-)

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37. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:56 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
GardenGrrl has created a new entry.
36. sandiquiz
9:39 PM GMT on June 13, 2013
I read you had a good day in respect of 'keeping your head whilst all around were loosing theirs'!
Well done you - are you asking the boss for a raise!
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35. sandiquiz
9:58 AM GMT on June 13, 2013
Quoting Ylee:
If you look real close at Briar's pic above, I'm the one at the end... :' )


Which end? lol
I think I am the one second from the right...I am feeling "grumpy" today! lol

IS the week over? Can you play now?
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34. sp34n119w
10:36 PM GMT on June 12, 2013
Aw, toitle! So cute :)
Sorry about the baby birds but the video is really good!
Love how you caught the lily's glow in that pic.
Trying to keep up with tradition here ;) and am now off to see the latest photos real-size.
Happy nearly weekend!
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33. Ylee
9:37 PM GMT on June 12, 2013
If you look real close at Briar's pic above, I'm the one at the end... :' )

Hope your last day has been a good one!
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32. plapman
12:45 PM GMT on June 12, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Congratulations on the UTube video.
Those chicks will sure keep mom busy for a while.
Enjoy the day.
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31. GardenGrrl
10:13 AM GMT on June 12, 2013
LOLOLOL Briar!
Okay I absolutely positively promise to answer Wu all either tomorrow in this blog or a new one.
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30. BriarCraft
11:51 PM GMT on June 11, 2013

I owe. I owe. So off to work I go...

See you Thursday. Hope you have a good week.
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29. GardenGrrl
10:04 AM GMT on June 11, 2013
Good Morning, Sandi, Uncle Mush, WTS, somehow there was a time warp while getting ready this morning and it's waaay past my blog time.
Will be a better host tomorrow or Thursday as have to get ready for work.
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28. WatchinTheSky
3:42 PM GMT on June 10, 2013
Good Monday morning to you! Hmmm.. I hear 5 AM is a peak time for Yeti wandering. We have new neighbors on one side and maybe it's a little spooked ;)
New photos sound good, waiting to see!
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27. unclemush
12:53 PM GMT on June 10, 2013
Hi I love the video and the rest of the pictures! :)
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26. sandiquiz
10:39 AM GMT on June 10, 2013
Long week.... and long hours too.

Hope the workforce behave this week!

Looking forward to your B&B photos, (birds and butterflies)once you have a spare moment to deal with them, and hope the consignment of "Chiggers-be-gone" arrives soon so you can deal with them!


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25. GardenGrrl
9:16 PM GMT on June 08, 2013
Hi All, back from the Lake Lewisville Bird Walk. Had a great time. Saw some buntings and got decent enough shots. Got some really great butterfly shots but due to time won't be posting all the pics until Thursday after the long work week.


Hi Calpoppy, that is a huge Fairy rose. Mine is about the size of a small drift rose. You must really enjoy finishing a job and seeing landscape transformed.
That indignant sqwauk you just heard was Roxie stretching Syd's wing out so she can reach Tess and Tags paws. Naughty Corgi.

Hi WTS, yes I drew inspiration from the mozzarella garden. The turtle was on a dirt path. I wonder what prompted him to go for an adventure walk.

Hi Briar, yes chiggers are evil. They lost my shipment of bug juice so I'm still limiting my involvement in the garden until it shows up. Then all the Larkspur going to seed will get pulled to make room for the zinnia seedlings coming up.
Glad the mini roses are settling in.
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24. BriarCraft
8:32 PM GMT on June 08, 2013
Ew, chiggers! From what I've read about them, I'm so glad I've never met one. Just the thought of not being able to creep around in the yarden without thinking about picking up those little hitchhikers, well, it doesn't bear thinking about. I hope that goop you ordered works.

My new mini roses have finally gotten over their shyness and have a few blooms open now. If they keep this up, they might be worthy of a photo in another couple of weeks.
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23. WatchinTheSky
4:08 AM GMT on June 08, 2013
;') I knew the raptor pics would be good! Thanks Ylee and GG!! And that 85% dark from the garden - that must be from a fancy hybrid like my tomato/mozzarella hybrid ;)

Cool pics of the slider, looks like a big guy with a bit of a moss back, seems kind of shy though. Have a nice weekend.
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22. calpoppy
3:36 AM GMT on June 08, 2013
Neat turtle shots!! The raptors are pretty cool too!

Belinda's Dream is really a neat rose, but not available to me any more. My vendors don't grow it any more. So I go with The Fairy, which is great also, it uses up a lot of space which is nice in large areas. But it doesn't have the great scent as Belinda does.



I am using the Fairy rose along with Seafoam on this new job. Seafoam is a nice ground cover rose that covers a lot of space also. In the shade areas (they have a lot of oaks) I am using Hydrangae Panniculata Peegee



There is much, much more, as it is a large Mountain property. Really fun to do. I already had a tree trimmer up there cutting down some pine trees to bring out the oaks more.

I hope you are enjoying your days off. Pups give a high five to Roxie!
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21. GardenGrrl
10:20 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
And, after a long dig through Flickr, here are more turtle pics;






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20. GardenGrrl
10:14 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
For people not interested in raptors how about something from the garden? (This is from my chocolate photo shoot a few years ago.)

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19. GardenGrrl
9:47 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
And here is a young red tail raptor taking flight.

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18. Ylee
8:58 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
Here ya go, wts! While you're waiting on GG, I found a pic of a blue Raptor! I'm sure she won't mind! ;' )

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17. WatchinTheSky
8:49 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
Gone for a couple days and - Oh No! Neighbor cat gets the nest :( I have lost a few hummers to a cat or two in our neighborhood, even though we have rules about cats and dogs being outside (supposed to be leashed if out of their yard). Hope they do restart in a higher locale.
Waiting for the Raptor pics :) or maybe turtles..
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16. GardenGrrl
5:25 PM GMT on June 06, 2013
Just came back from the dog park. The sky was going dark, wind picking up. Looking at the radar there is nothing with rain over us. Maybe this will turn into something.

Hi Calpoppy, if it's about landscaping or plants I'm up for the conversation. Definitely agree about the Coral Drift roses. Apricot Drift isn't bad either but the light color makes the blooms look a bit manky when they are fading.
I don't know how they will do in your area, but Belinda's Dream is another show stopper. They get large and carry large repeating pink blooms. Unlike the knockouts they have a strong rose scent.





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15. calpoppy
2:28 PM GMT on June 06, 2013
I just finished a job that I put in 13 double Knockout roses plus 7 drift roses. Quite a display, it came out great!! I have to thank you for talking about the Knockout series awhile back. It reminded of their usefulness in the landscape!!

The drift series is really nice for ground cover and for pots. The coral drift is my favorite of the colors.

I'm talking shop, lol, that time of year!! Plants are floating in my head!!
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14. GardenGrrl
3:49 PM GMT on June 05, 2013
Good Morning All, am eagerly awaiting two things; permission to post my raptor photos and some spray on chigger repellant I ordered online.

The chiggers are bad this year and due to the abundance of bees, butterflies etc in my yard I don't want to use pesticides. So I have found a product that you are supposed to spray on your clothes to repel chiggers. It is made from chrysanthemums. Will let you all know how it works when it gets here.

Hi Sandi, Max is really getting big. He is going to be a great lap warmer this winter. I'm jealous. Darn my allergies to cats.

Hi Calpoppy, oddly, the nursery I ordered the roses from does not have those. That is a beautiful rose. I like the ones that keep the tea rose look but have the shrub rose repeat bloom and hardiness.

Hi Briar, you all are having some great day time temps. I like being outside in the yard during those days. The air quality days happen when there is no wind. Gets kind of stew like outside. So glad we have lower emission vehicles. I remember as a kid Dad would drive us to the coast. You could tell we were coming to Houston by the greenish grey haze on the horizon. It's not like that now so I guess bit by bit things are getting better.

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13. sandiquiz
8:34 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Hope you are enjoying Friday!

Posted a photo of a LONG kitten in my blog for you:-)
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12. BriarCraft
6:56 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Looks like temperatures are warming up for you, accompanied by an air quality alert. Most notable to me is that your overnight lows are about the same as my daytime highs have been lately.

So, a couple more work days for you this week, right?
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11. calpoppy
3:31 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Sorry about the babies! I have the snakes, rats and Ravens that get the nestlings. The smartest birds that nest around here are the Cactus Wrens and believe it or not the Sparrows. The Cactus Wren true to their name build their nest in Cholla cactus, the Sparrows build their nest in Joshua Trees or our Mezzanine/carport.

Since you have some mini roses do you have the one named after your state?



I have some at the garden center and I love their perfect bud form. I also have Rainbow's End which I believe you got. It is a really pretty rose!

Just got back from a hike. I had to save a very fat Horned Lizard or Horny Toad from the jaws of death (Tag). They don't move to fast and she thought that was great after chasing fast lizards all through the hike. There isn't that many any more, pups are not allowed to munch them, LOL!
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10. sandiquiz
11:07 AM GMT on June 03, 2013
Oh, dear me, I am sorry the cat got your cardinal babies!
I had some little blue-tits nesting by the back door... they, and their ancestors, have done so for almost 20 years since the nest box went up...but this year the magpies found the nest and first took some of the eggs and then came back a couple of weeks later for the couple of live chicks that survived:(

I suppose you can say "that is nature" but not a tame cat.... mind you, the monster Max would be up and at anything that moved if he got out... you should see him with the TV!! lol

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9. GardenGrrl
10:14 AM GMT on June 03, 2013
Good Morning, yesterday I just finished all the comments and my internet went out.

Hi Tony, looks like the other day you were posting tome while I was writing my comments. Didn't mean to leave you out last time.

Sad news. A neighbors cat got the cardinal babies. Inconsiderate neighbor.

Hi WTS, I had actually gone out and bought a heavy tripod to get better quality video. Hopefully I will find another nest up a bit higher.

Hi Ylee, we could live stream me throwing rocks at the neighbor (not the cat) who keeps sending their cat outside to hunt birds.
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8. Ylee
2:15 AM GMT on June 03, 2013
Next step: GG's streaming cardinal cam? :' ) That would take a huge commitment, though!

Hope work is going well!
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7. WatchinTheSky
9:56 PM GMT on June 01, 2013
Cool video, GG! Hope we get updates as the little ones progress :)
I like SkyTV too ;)
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6. GardenGrrl
3:43 PM GMT on June 01, 2013
Happy June All!

Hi Sandi, Triple Bunnies! Sure hope you robins cooperate and give you a clear shot of their nest.

Hi Briar, yeah it's cool having the cardinals but it does mean just doing the minimum in the garden area.
I actually did some editing on the video too. Cut out 20 seconds of bobbing nest in the beginning using the photoshop program and added the "title" using you-tubes editing. Look out, more to come.

Hi Prose, thank you for the beautiful flowers. They add more cheerful color to the my blog.
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5. plapman
3:39 PM GMT on June 01, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Have a great day and keep the photos coming.
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4. Proserpina
3:26 PM GMT on June 01, 2013
WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE MONTH OF JUNE

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Gifts from my garden on the first day of June.
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3. BriarCraft
7:09 AM GMT on June 01, 2013
I knew you could do it. And you did good. Full zoom and no dead-heading of the rose until the babies are all grown up.

That sure was nice of Momma Cardinal to nest right where you can watch all the fun.

That is one gorgeous water lily, worthy of an AC.
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2. sandiquiz
6:22 AM GMT on June 01, 2013
Hey, that's a great video... So much detail!!

I am waiting on the baby robins to come into the garden...I know they had a nest nearby, but I am not sure exactly where.

Wishing you "White rabbits, White rabbits, White rabbits and a very happy month of June":)


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1. GardenGrrl
3:21 AM GMT on June 01, 2013
Here's a photo from Lake Lewisville I really like.

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