Sunday, January 13, 2008

Black-capped Chickadees

Today our family visited Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, Michigan. It's a great place to go birdwatching and they have a bird feeding station too. When I went out on the deck of the visitor's center, small swarms of black-capped Chicadees were landing on my head and arms. The park staff said they thought I had food, so they were kind enough to give us some sunflower seeds to feed them. I cannot describe the wonderful experience of having these little birds clinging to your finger and trusting you enough to take a seed from your hand. I had one Chickadee that sat in my hand for close to a minute while he sorted through the seeds he wanted. My husband accurately described them as little angels surrounding us.
I highly recommend visiting Hartwick Pines for birdwatching. In addition to the chickadees, we have seen Evening Groesbeaks, nuthatches, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers and Flickers upon our many visits. Though after today, my favorite experience has been seeing the Chickadee.

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