Saturday, December 22, 2007
Today when I went out to fill up the bird feeders, I heard the call of the chickadee and knew they were close by. I stopped in my tracks and gave a quick visual search through my neighbors shrubs. There were two of them right in front of me. I've spotted them at my feeders before but not very often. They are usually in and out so quick, I wasn't even 100% sure that I was really seeing a chickadee. I was so excited, I immediately went back inside to get my camera.
Chickadees are known for being very bold little birds and these two were no exception. I stood in place, raised my camera, and within a few minutes they came to the feeder, giving me an opportunity to photograph them. Of course, anyone who has seen chickadees eat, know this was no easy task. They are so fast! When using my camera flash there is a slight delay, which isn't a good thing when trying to photograph them. I had to erase quite a few pictures of my bird feeder without the bird.
The woodpecker and goldfinch were also brave and continued to eat even though I was nearby.
I hope once the sparrows and starlings find another home that I'll get to see more of these little guys. I removed the feeder that the sparrows liked best; they tended to scatter and waste a lot of seed from that particular feeder. Now I only have the tube feeders and I've already noticed a difference.
I also noticed while I was out that I obviously had a larger creature visiting my yard, because I saw two large piles of pellets. I can't imagine a rabbit leaving that much poop, unless there were two very large rabbits . What other creature leaves large piles of pellet droppings like that? (Aren't you glad there isn't a picture? ) I'm a little concerned since I have a curious dog with strange taste buds. I actually did some internet searching on this to try and find some pictures of "scat" to identify what animal left it. I actually did find pictures, but I'm still stumped. Isn't it amazing what you can find on the internet?