Monday, February 4, 2008
For the last month or so, the only birds around the house have been the misplaced robin and a few Townsend's solitaires in the crabapple tree, and small batches of magpies flying over the yard; even the rough-legged hawks don't soar over the yard like the summer redtails do. But today, black-capped chickadees appeared in the bare aspens outside the kitchen. They aren't nearly as dignified as the solitaires, but their jaunty bouncing around the branches is a cheerful punctuation mark against the snow. Chickadees do well around humans, making use of bird houses and congregating at birdfeeders; although we don't feed them, they are completely comfortable close to the house, where they are easy to watch.