A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Sunday, October 23, 2005


I finally have a chickadee. They are supposed to be terribly common but I have never seen one in my yard until this past week. Part of the reason I've discovered is that they only visit backyard feeders in the winter. I didn't have the type of feeder they prefer until last spring. True to their description, the chickadee that visits my feeder is so tame I was able to get close enough to almost reach out and touch him. And I frequently hear his distinctive "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" call. He is much too tiny to get a good picture of with my camera so here is a picture from enature.com :

If the appearance of a chickadee is a harbinger of winter, can the slate-colored juncos be far behind? It would also seem to be a little early for winter birds. I wonder if this is another sign of a bad winter to come?


At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Judith said...

What an exquisite photo of one of my favorite little birds! So glad you have a chickadee--may you get more. They are delightful & fun to watch. The juncos came in this week...Tweet, tweet.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Sandy said...

I love these little guys too. I love watching the birds in the wintertime.


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