Monday, February 9, 2009
Ernest Ingersoll calls the Chickadee's "curiosity...immense, and his audacity equal to it" while the naturalist, Anna Botsford Comstock, tells us of his "delicious" personality. We learn from Thornton W. Burgess that our black-capped little friend is full of fine character-traits we should all hope to attain. Unafraid of work, bubbling with merriment and happiness, and a friend of everyone, Burgess' Tommy Tit the Chickadee tells us himself that he'd "just as soon take food from [Farmer Brown's boy's] hand as from anywhere else."
Thus were we armed with information as we set out to make friends with the chickadees that frequent our feeders. A little patience and some seed were all it took before we had a crowd of the merry fellows swooping close for further inspection, singing their throaty "Dee, dee, dee" song and finally alighting on our hands.
The thrill of having a bird sit on your hand made a picture quite improbable so I sat down in the snow with some seed on my boots. It was nature study up close as we all studied each other!