I’ve been watching the chickadees this week. Unlike the songbirds that will soon migrate south, the black-capped chickadees stay with us all year. They show up each morning, in groups of 6 or 8, ready to snatch sunflower seeds.
Rarely do two chickadees visit the bird feeder at the same time. One by one, these energetic birds take turns flying to the feeder and quickly grabbing a seed. Then they perch in a nearby tree and pound the sunflower seed to remove the husk.
Chickadees are friendly birds and can be convinced to take a seed from a human hand. Once I heard a tapping on the window and I found a chickadee sitting in the sill. The bird wanted me to know that the bird feeder was empty.