A tiny job done and a fun story to tell you. Mostly, it's been a quiet day. That works just fine for me. I did a few errands and so far have written 1 1/2 chapters. But I did one tiny fix-it project.
We gave up the bird feeder several years ago when our finances became even tighter. But last summer Loretta bought a wire basket, and a compressed seed cake, and she's been keeping it filled ever since. I think Omer bought a couple of cakes too. I've been concerned, because if you are going to start feeding the birds, you need to be consistent about it, but so far, so good. The cakes hold up quite well, so not much seed gets wasted.
However... the basket ended up being hung on a bracket I'd fastened to a deck post for a hanging plant. It worked fine, but you couldn't see the birds very well because the post was in the way. This little chickadee was in sight,
but the cardinal (despite the one good picture I got for Sharing is Good) mostly hid. Like this.
So today I moved the bracket to a different side of the post. What a difference it makes to me, and none at all to the birds!
Within minutes, the chickadee was back for a snack.
Here's the fun story. When I first went out to move the feeder there was one chickadee clinging to the bottom. It was hanging as you see in the final picture above, by one foot. I kept moving closer and closer to the feeder and it didn't move. I realize that chickadees can be trained to become quite tame, but I haven't been doing any of that. Nevertheless, the bird let me reach out and touch it before flying away. How awesome is that?
I think this bird may have something wrong with the foot it wasn't using. The picture here is when it came back, and it's still hanging by one foot. I also got another picture of it sitting on the deck rail and it's listing to the side where the possibly useless foot might be, which lends credibility to the idea.
Injured animals often don't last long in the wild. But I'm glad this one is getting a few free meals, and wasn't afraid of me.
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