Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chickadee Whisperer

It's been very cold in my corner. Bitter. It's been like March weather we should have had in, let's say, March. We have snow flurries and even if temps climb a little, the wind goes right through our clothes and chills the bones.

This is a little chickadee I found sitting in the forsythia bushes. I didn't have my camera when I first saw him and was very surprised to find him waiting when I returned. He was so close...about three feet away. I couldn't figure out if he felt trapped in the thicket or if I might be a Chickadee Whisperer.

~Are you looking at me?~


~Such a Handsome Fellow~


~Darling Face~



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Stay Warm Now

We enjoyed a good Easter with family. Because of the weather and limitations of a grandson's broken leg, it was more tame than some. My daughter planned a real life "I Spy" Game where the entire living room looked like a page in a Where's Waldo book. Wish that I had taken pictures! Hope that your day was wonderful, too.

Love Vee

47 comments:

  1. my favorite bird ever. i love them so. they are so pretty & i just love their song. perfect. (:

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  2. The chickadee could have been trying to warm up, but I prefer to think that he was sitting there just for you! :-)

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  3. He is very handsome! I had chickadees that built a nest in one of my birdhouses a few years back. I loved sitting and watching them gather food for their babies. They were there for the longest time and it was so sad when they flew the coop. Great pictures! So glad to hear you had a nice Easter. Hope your grand is mending well!

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  4. The chickadees up/over here are very shy and skittish. We would love the opportunity to see one up so close. The do visit our feeders every day and always seemingly arrive in numbers.

    Our weather seems to be just like yours. March was a real treat, but April seems to have the weather we expect in March. It's 18 degrees here this morning.

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  5. Superb photos of that beautiful chickadee. I'm glad he posed for you!
    We have had mild temps but lots of wind. Wow! Now there are brush fires burning to the North of us and people have been evacuated.
    Take care! I'm supposed to be working on taxes right now.

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  6. stunning photos of the chickadee! Glad you enjoyed your Easter!

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  7. What a wonderful film capture! I love to watch the birds here, but we don't have chickadees here so I was extra delighted to see yours.

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  8. OH how precious!!!!!

    Oh he is so cute!!!

    Perhaps he felt *hidden-safe,* in there?

    Or perhaps he was thinking; "Dear Vee is suffering through such crazy weather, especially with all those winds, winds, winds... I'm going to stick around and give her a superb Photo Op!!!" :-)

    Ahhhhh.... this weather! I so love my yesterday's quote, that I'm using it again today. It makes "lovely-light" of this nutty weather, we are having.

    "Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day!"
    ~William Hamilton Gibson

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  9. I love chickadees....I hope your weather warms up soon!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  10. Oh how darling was this? You got some really good shots...Glad your Easter was good. I'd love to trade weather with you believe it or not. It was 88 here yesterday. Have a feeling it is going to be a HOT summer. Too warm for April anyway in my opinion. Have a good day!

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  11. I am amazed that your chickadee stayed put that long. Ours are totally nervous and flighty. Congrats on getting such fine photos of your little feathered friend.

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  12. Such a little darling! I think it liked you, LOL!

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  13. This was so sweet, Vee. I think he felt very safe there. xo

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  14. Adorable visitor! The photos are great!

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  15. What a darling bird...I think you are the Chickadee Whisperer!

    A real life I Spy? We love those books and games! How amazing!

    Stay warm...we are sunny but windy and cooler....very spring like.

    Deanna

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  16. Awwh loved the video and hearing your New England accent. Thanks for the great idea about new baby dolls for the grands. That will be on my list first thing this morning! Great idea.

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  17. Sweet little chickadee! Your Where's waldo I spy Easter game sounds like a wonderful alternative for someone with a broken leg! Good thinking!

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  18. I was like you yesterday...looking in the blackberry thickets to see what was scurrying about. I was surprised to see a Robin rushing about until it decided it was better to fly away.

    What a great idea to have a I Spy game. I think I should do this since playing I spy with my little eye quickly gets old when there are not extra's hidden. Great idea.

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  19. Maybe the chickadee knows you blog and wanted to be on it. :-) We have our veggie garden in and NOW we are getting our March weather -- maybe even a frost tonight! (still warms up during the day)....

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  20. Sweet chickadee. You MUST be a chickadee whisperer to get so close! Great photo.
    Sometimes a quieter celebration can be just as wonderful as a more boisterous one. The I Spy game sounds intriguing.

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  21. Pretty photos! I love chickadees and have had them at the feeder, but they rarely sit still long enough for me to get a good shot. I've gotten several blurry ones! Hope your weather straightens up soon and you have warmer temps!

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  22. Such a sweet little bird; it was my mother's favorite. I wish thy were more common where I live. I've been feeding the birds for the past couple months. Their feeder is right outside my kitchen window. What fun it's been! I have goldfinches every day -- and recently a pair of blackbirds; a pair of mourning doves; lots of juncos; linnets, house finches; and of course sparrows. We have a flock of quail who meander past quite frequently. And yesterday a Downy woodpecker was busy at my lilac tree --- completely oblivious to me! I look every day for a chickadee --- but so far --- without success.

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  23. Vee, these are just wonderful photos! What a dear little bird.

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  24. Oh Vee...it was so wonderful to hear your voice!!!! And the chickadee is precious ~ I've always, always loved them and can't even remember ever getting to see one around here. It's so odd you getting your March weather in April but even we are cooler down here in Georgia this month! Thank you so much for sharing your sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

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  25. Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter - quiet or not. sandie

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  26. I LOVE those little birdies-they are so cute and quite tame alot of the time. :)

    It's COLD here too. Sounds like we are having the same weather as you... :(

    ((Hugs))
    Laura

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  27. Such a pretty little bird! I rarely see chicadees here. Our weather has also becoem more march like-- very blustery. I also heard that we are in dire need of rain for the reservoirs to fill up.

    My Easter was quiet but pleasant. V and I have been working so hard to empty my Mom's house that it felt good to do nothing but go to church, out to brunch and then relax. My kids had an Easter celebration together in Colorado which was nice.

    The wedding is coming up in May! It will be nice to concentrate on something happy again.

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  28. Great closeup snaps of this little guy or gal. So cute. I hope he did fly away after. I love chickadees because they are here all year around. Hasn't it been cold? It does feel like March weather. Our snow is gone again and the sun is trying to peek out from the grey and black clouds skudding across the sky in the wind. We had a busy but very good Easter. Blessings, Pamela

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  29. Great pictures and video, Vee. I, too like hearing your voice!

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  30. He was definitely waiting for you to come capture him on 'film'! What a sweet chick 'he' is. I would not have known he was a chickadee...but you would, of course, since 'he' is the state bird of Maine. Pacific Northwest chickadees look different.

    I spy at Easter...sounds like a fun game for one and all!

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  31. So cool that you got so close to the little fellow! Sorry about your cool spell.. we are unseasonably warm for the last month. I am waiting for the other shoe to drop! I'm afraid we will get a deep freeze this April!

    Blessings

    Linda

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  32. You are definitely a chickadee whisperer! And it was so nice to actually hear your voice :) We have had quite a few chickadees and cardinals here, lots of birds like to spend their winters in Texas I guess. Hope it warms up soon for you!

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  33. We have a big hedge of forsythia and the birds love to nest in it. You sure got a great photo of this cute lil guy! Stay warm! I'm definitely cooler here in the mountains of NC!

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  34. Nice pic. (after waiting forever, thanks to dial up)--March was very warm here in the south, April so far has been nice-not to warm. The apple & fig trees are blooming! As is the blueberry bushes. Smiles

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  35. Wonderful photos of a darling, little bird. I love the chickadees here too and they do love hiding in the bushes, safe from predators. But then, maybe you are the chickadee whisperer :)

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  36. That bird is so so cute!!!

    Great post, stay warm! Spring is coming, I promise!!

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  37. I too am a bird watcher... although it would be stretch to call myself a bird whisperer. You obviously have a rare talent. ;)

    What a wonderful gift, for that is what I call moments like these... wonderful, personal gifts. Thanks for sharing yours. In fact, I think I'll post about my rare, personal gift and just how I handled it in Thursday's blog post. Not tomorrow because I have to share my current knit and read for Wednesday's yarn along. But definitely you gave me my Thursday post! Thanks Vee!!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  38. How very sweet these little birds are. I enjoyed hearing your voice (what I would give NOT to have a southern accent!) Thanks for sharing the awesome photos/video. Glad you guys enjoyed Easter. We are considerably cooler than we were in March this week. Today was very windy!

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  39. What a beautiful little fellow...now he would warm anyone's soul, even in cold weather.

    Your daughter is so creative, what fun!

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  40. What a cute little guy. I saw one of them today too. It was the first bird besides a crow that I've seen on our land. I can't help but wonder why I don't see any birds up here!!

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  41. Such a pretty little bird. It looks like he was posing just for you! I'm glad you were able to enjoy a lovely Easter. Sometimes the tame holidays are the best!

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  42. spunky little chickadee! Wow, you did get super-close! You must be a chickadee whisperer indeed!

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  43. Our chickadees love the forsythia here, too!What an adorable little fellow!

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  44. I like the Wheres Waldo idea, The Little Loves really like my books :)
    I sure hope our wonderful warmth comes your way, it's been ever so nice :)
    Since the days have warmed our chickadees have moved on, I miss their song.

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  45. What a delightful visitor, your chickadee! They are my Bekah's favorite birds, although she has never been so close to one. She has read that they can learn to eat out of your hand. I wonder...

    I love playing games, so your daughter's idea appeals to me! How thoughtful of her to plan for something to entertain the temporarily infirm. Sounds like lots of fun!

    P.S. I bet that your table was lovely! (Remember, I saw that depression glass!) And I love to use things that aren't really tablecloths for that purpose. I have a bright pink long gingham scarf that I bought on clearance at Target a few years ago. I am just waiting for the right occasion to use it as a table runner. :D

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  46. Love it!!
    Pictures are great.

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  47. NICE and I even got to hear your voice. Sweet bird pictures. Bet the I Spy game/where's waldo living room was a big hit. ~ Abby

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