|This is a Cardinal's nest slapped together in our honeysuckle shrub. I removed it after the young were gone and the nest had been abandoned.|
The difference in the construction of these two nests is remarkable. The Robin's nest is a tightly woven, sturdy structure, glued together with mud and lovingly padded with soft grasses inside. The Cardinal's nest is barely hanging on. Slapped together with twigs, some plastic and a few dry leaves the nest looks as though it couldn't withstand much more than a gentle breeze. Yet, both birds successfully raise their young every year.