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The window, the finch, and the cardinal

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This morning a Purple Finch flew into a window next to where I was sitting. The window has bird guards of monofilament line. I went out to check and the bird was awake and sitting upright. I came back in thinking the bird would recover and then fly away. When I looked out to check, there was a young male Northern Cardinal on the step next to the finch. The cardinal stayed there for several minutes, fidgeting around, before it left. Not long after that the finch left too.

 

Ive been wondering what was the cardinals interest in the finch.

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Perhaps the cardinal recognized the finch as one of his partners in a mixed feeding flock?  He may have recognized that the finch was not acting normal so he was investigating what was going on?  I don't have any other ideas. 

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