A female cardinal in nest-building mode landed on top of an outdoor spigot (a favorite perch for a variety of birds) with a beak full of brown bamboo leaves.
|A mouth full of nesting material|
With bamboo, old leaves fall off after new leaves form. The grayish-brown, light-weight fibers fall to the ground and eventually decompose into the soil.
|Old leaves fall off and cover the ground beneath a stand of bamboo|
But this female cardinal had other purposes in mind for the faded foliage. To her, it's the perfect material to weave into her nest.
|Sitting pretty on top of an outdoor spigot|
I captured the cardinal with nest-building on her mind. Now all I have to do is see if I can figure out where she's secreted away her cozy compound.
|Several years ago a cardinal decided to combine bamboo nesting material with the bamboo itself by building its nest in the middle of a clump of Angel Mist Timber Bamboo|
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