Change Is Hard

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Rendezvous with a chickadee


Waking early to another cold morning here in Michigan, Katie and I wandered out to the backyard to fill the feeders. I knew the birds would be hungry. Katie waited up on the deck as I went down to get seed from our metal storage bin.

As I was pouring seed into a flat feeder several yards away a little chickadee dropped down to the rim of the bin, checking to see if there was anything good within reach. I waited quietly for him to decide. Noticing me, he flew up into a nearby tree to wait.

I slowly walked over and he hopped down a few branches. Watching.

I reached into the bin, grabbed a handful of oilers and offered them, hand outstretched, to him. He dropped down a couple more branches. I stood still.

From another encounter. This morning I had no camera and little light.

Closer, closer, he skipped from branch to branch, clearly fixated on the oilers in my hand. Inches away he considered how to get breakfast, but wasn’t quite brave enough to make that last hop.

I moved my hand closer to him. We were at eye level and he looked at me. I looked at him and moved my hand a fraction of an inch closer.

He stretched out and delicately chose an oiler from my palm, then hopped up to a higher branch to enjoy it.

I had a rendezvous with a chickadee this morning, and I liked it.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

31 thoughts on “Rendezvous with a chickadee

  1. Beautiful photo. And how special to have a rendezvous. What is an oiler?


  2. What a wonderful way to start your day. It is so rewarding feeding the birds that visit one’s garden.


    • We love to watch them. We have a good variety and they all have their own habits, and there’s definitely a hierarchy of birds as to who gets first dibs on a feeder and who moves out to make room for someone bigger or nosier or meaner.


  3. Dawn: Bird Whisperer

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  4. Charming encounter, Dawn!


  5. Wow, at your own house! Try for a repeat performance!


  6. Aw, what a grand way to begin the day … for BOTH of you! And good for Katie, watching but not tearing around like Monkey would have, scaring the little ones off!


  7. A perfect start to your day! 😊


  8. That’s so awesome!


  9. Fabulous picture! Love the background color against the dear little chickadee.


  10. Fun for you! I can get really close when I fill the feeders but I have never tried an outstretched hand…I may someday:)


  11. You inspire me!!!!! I will keep trying…….

    I love my chickadees.


  12. Best rendezvous ever to have a chickadee landing!


  13. A lovely post – a treat for you and for us to read.


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