We were trimming hedges earlier this week and this is what we unearthed....we couldn't believe it and felt so bad that we exposed it. I had to get on the step ladder to take this picture. Its a cardinal nest with 5 eggs in it....aren't they wonderful. Mama was making all sorts of noise trying to get us away while we were cleaning up the branches.. Here she is that night......guarding her eggs. Unfortunately she did abandon the nest......we feel so bad but had no idea until after the hedge trimmer had made its mark. Last year they nested in our evergreen tree right above the deck. I hope they come back next year to nest. They eat over at the neighbors and they take a bath in my birdbath and this is the second year they have nested at our house. Next year.......we will watch their behavior a little close before we start trimming the hedges.