Thursday, September 11, 2008

Proof that Chickadees like me!



This was taken last year at Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, MI. It was amazing - as soon as I stepped out onto the deck - black-capped chickadees were swarming me- landing on my hat and shoulders. These chickadees are used to being hand fed in the winter by visitors. Now if I could only get these chickadees to vouch for me with the chickadees at the log cabin...I'd be all set!

23 comments:

Peek-A-Boo Street said...

Wow how cool! That is so amazing. I didn't think birds would do that. Girl, you just proved us all wrong! :-)

Jayne said...

Awwwww! How very cool!

The Birdlady said...

I would just never be able to leave.

Jessica said...

We did that very same thing at the very same spot last winter when we were vacationing in Grayling. Maybe we even had the same chickadee on our hands! I want to go back to Hartwick Pines again.

Great photo!

Shellmo said...

Peek-a-boo- Thank you!!

Jayne - wish me luck on getting more!

Birdlady- Same here- I wanted to stay all day!

Jessica - if you go back to Hartwick Pines this year - let me know! Our cabin is only 15 minutes from that park. How cool would that be - we could get a pic of both of us with chickadees!!

troutbirder said...

Please send a few to the West. I would like a similar picture for my grandchildren. Thank you.

Jessica said...

For sure! Next time we make it up north we'll have to meet and have a date with the chickadees. Do you know how I found your blog? It was right before we were going on vacation to Grayling and I was checking the website "Bald Eagle Sightings in Michigan". You had left a comment on the website about spotting an Eagle in Grayling and I was so excited to think that maybe I could see an Eagle while we were there too, which I did. Anyway, that website comment lead me to your blog and I'm so glad it did.

kjpweb said...

Wow! Well - in time the word will spread and they will come! :)

Cheers, Klaus

NCmountainwoman said...

That is so wonderful. Our chickadees are very friendly and will visit our feeders when we are standing close by. I haven't tried to hand feed any of them but you have inspired me to try.

T and S said...

Nice blog with a beautiful series of bird pics

HANNIBAL said...

I bet that was quite the experience! How cool!

Hi Shelley, by the way, it's nice to put a face to the blog!

Darla said...

Amazing!!

Knatolee said...

Feeding chickadees in your hand is a magical experience! Good luck getting your log cabin ones to do the same. I have no doubt you'll be successful!

I've had downy woodpeckers and nuthatches eat out of my hands too, and out west it was gray jays. This is a lovely photo!lwmlyaz

MuseSwings said...

Magic! What a great picture.

Shellmo said...

Troutbirder - sending some your way!

Jess- Aww...I can hear the song "memories" playing. :-)

Kj - trying to get the word out!

NC - they're just such naturally curious birds - I bet you'll have good luck!

T&S - Thanks so much!

Hannibal - thanks for coming by! I hate that photo with my oversized coat. I need a redo!

Darla - I think so!

Knatolee - oh the woodpeckers & nuthatches must've been great! I would love that too!

Musewings - it certainly felt like magic!

Gardener's Garden said...

My daughter lives a couple of miles from Hartwick Pines and I'll bet you know where I'm going the next time I come to Grayling. Great shot and thanks so much for the info.

Bird Girl said...

How neat, Shelley! That is just the neatest picture! You can get your chickadees to come very easily with mealworms - they love them - but you have to see one out on the feeder and then starting calling chicka-dee-dee-dee. If one sees you - it will come for the mealworms. Try it!

Sandy said...

What a great photo!!! I love it.

Shellmo said...

Gardener - you will love it!!

Bird Girl - I am getting me some meal worms!!! Thanks!!

Shellmo said...

Thanks Sandy!

Lynne said...

IwishIwishIwish!

Leedra said...

You can hear the birds telling each other everything else you would think they would pass the word you were safe. Great to capture a photograph of it.

RuthieJ said...

I love that picture! Good luck with your chickadees at the log cabin.