You can always count on the Chickadees. When it’s minus 20, 25, 30… and the other birds are all snugged away out of sight, the Chickadees remain. Feathers fluffed, and calling cheerily, they flit busily about in search of the calories they shivered away the night before.
“Through the coldest, most blustery, or the wettest and rawest of days, if a Chickadee is to be found, it will be ‘chickadeeing’ as cheerfully as in the brightest weather. A discouraged Chickadee is yet to be seen by the writer,” wrote P.A. Taverner in his Birds of Canada (1947).
It being not quite so cold on Saturday morning, at only 17 below, we went out for a walk with a pocketful of seed to share with these resilient little fluffballs.
Stay warm out there.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and lots of birds in 2018!