Count on the Chickadees

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!


About Rachel Lancashire, ON

Rachel Lancashire lives and birds in Ennismore, ON. Groundcovers nursery worker by day, she is a freelance writer and artist in her spare time. She has had articles about birds and wildlife published in Nature Friend, GreenPrints and The Banner. Her art, inspired by birds, can be found on her blog, MyWildMuses, and in her Etsy shop, Miss Sitta's Nest.
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2 Responses to Count on the Chickadees

  1. Thanks! They are easy to get close to, but they sure don’t stay still for very long 🙂

  2. Meg Edwards says:

    Beautiful pics of a favorite bird!

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