...sometimes even a single feather is enough to fly. (Robert Maclean)


finding chickadees in unexpected places...

I really love chickadees.
They have so many wonderful qualities.
 They're friendly and curious...
and possibly the bravest little songbirds. 
Plus they tough it out in our climate all year long.
They're friends through all kinds of weather...  
And for a birder with not the greatest ear,
I appreciate that I can easily tell their song.



This summer I have a favorite chickadee.
Such a sweet little friend.

I don't know if it's a he or a she... 
male and female black-capped chickadees look so much like,
birders often rely on their vocalizations to differentiate them.

I'm going to call my friend a he.

Let me introduce you to him.

Every night, he roosts in the Arcosanti Soleri wind bell 
hanging from our oak tree right by the house.

I can see his tail hanging out from under the lip of the bell 
from where I sit with my computer.

I can see that he's there 
and say,
"Goodnight, Chickadee"
before I head up to bed.

If we're out checking on the chickens at night,
I can even walk right next to the bell and he rarely flies away, 
he just peers down at me.

Yes, it's just me again.  
Good night my little chick-a-dee friend.

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