I rescued, I love how that makes implications - I rescued - a baby cardinal. Yup Banana has a cool backyard where she lives on the ground floor and there is like a compost, bamboo, wilderness sanctuary on 4th street between Avenues A and B. Well this sanctuary which is a nice size back yard garden that takes up three buildings and is that wide by 30 feet deep with three big trees and a lot of bamboo is home to all kinds of things like pigeons and neighbors dogs and cardinals. If anyone wanted to be a cardinal the male cardinal is the one to be since he is the red one. Well my rescue effort was minimal, one of the boyfriends of one of the girls that has a dog told me when I showed up that a cardinal had fallen, or was on the pathway and he put it over by the compost, and what should he do? Full of questions and info he was. So I let it rest on my finger while I contemplated and decided the best thing was to bring it home since I could not find the nest and the parents could not carry it and taking it to a vet would mean I would never see it again so I named it o'conner. My new pet is cardinal o'conner and today it ate diluted pancakes mixed with fruit pulp from an eyedropper - mushy stuff.
Update: O'conner is hanging in there, eating great chirping wildly and growing slowly.