[Tweeters] close encounters of the avian kind

Hank karenhank at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 1 20:57:24 PST 2013






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> Today I was at the bird feeder putting some seed in a feeder tray so that I could photo some small birds. As I was doing this a Black-capped Chickadee landed at an adjacent feeder about two feet from my head. I was mounding the seed in the tray with my cupped hands so that any bird that wanted seed would have to be in a convenient place for me to photograph it. A Chestnut-backed Chickadee landed between my cupped hands, took a seed and flew off. Then when I was back at the camera, which was on a tripod, a Chestnut-backed Chickadee landed on the camera. I have discovered that when I am in the vicinity of the feeders the larger birds (flickers, jays, starlings, blackbirds) stay away. The smaller birds seem to know this and flock to the feeders when I am nearby. They don't seem to mind me at all.

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> Hank Heiberg

Lake Joy
Carnation, WA
karenhankatyahoodotcom

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