There were plenty of First Of Year species today–one stop at the pond pn Pheasant Hill Road brought several ducks and waterbirds onto the year list, plus a heron. Best FOY were Wilson’s Snipe in marsh at Joe Dancer (9), and Varied Thrush (7) in the abandoned apple orchard next to the west edge of Grenfell Park on Baker Creek Road.
But the stars today were Chestnut-backed Chickadees in our garden. I refilled the suet log in early afternoon and stood four feet away. It took the first chickasueter about five seconds to land and start scarfing.
In the last image the little guy is having to gulp down a throat-clogging bit of suet. The chickadee has a reputation for being easily tamed. Appetite overcomes caution and they will learn to land your shoulder, feed from your hand. I don’t try to tame them because I don’t really trust all…
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