All day the sun has shone on the surface of some savage swamp, where the single spruce stands hung with usnea lichens, and small hawks circulate above, and the chickadee
lisps amid the evergreens, and the partridge and rabbit skulk beneath; but now a more dismal and fitting day dawns, and a different race of creatures awakes to express the meaning of Nature there.
Because of their tiny size and high daytime metabolic rate, chickadees
don't add large fat reserves in winter like finches.
is a picturebook about discovering the traces of common woodland creatures, including rabbits, chickadees
, red foxes, and Canada geese.
Consider, for example, the bag on his kitchen table, which is spilling over with miniature carved chickadees
Everywhere I've lived, including my current rural Albany County residence, I've trained chickadees
and the occasional nuthatch or titmouse to take sunflower seeds from my hand.
The section on birdhouses ranges from hollowed-out gourds for chickadees
and swallows to a wren house made of plastic pipe.
, tufted titmice, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, juncos and red-headed woodpeckers all come to feast on the scrumptious mixture of seeds, nuts and cracked corn I put out for them.
There is a good chance it will bring small songbirds such as chickadees
, nuthatches and warblers flocking your way.
To that list add the black-capped chickadee
, whose large flights out of the North Country are often overlooked because everybody sees chickadees
For hours we had not spoken, and had seen no sign of life except a flock of chickadees
and a few juncoes.
were soon joined by titmice, several goldfinch, a blue jay or two, and some juncos.
From a tree of chickadees
to the caw of the crow, kids are invited to learn the sounds of nature, and to understand bird habits.