Sunday, February 12, 2006


Last night I had about 10 inches of new snow. In the early morning before I went to work at Roundtop, I was trying to shovel the deck(s), feed the cats and the dogs and fill the birdfeeders. I filled the big scoop with bird seed and had just dumped it into the feeder when a black-capped chickadee landed in a branch just inches from my face. I froze so I wouldn't scare it, the scoop still upside down, my hand over the platform. The chickadee decided it was too hungry to wait, so it landed on the back of my hand at the knuckle for the index finger and then dipped down into the seed. It took one and then flew off, as though landing on the back of my hand was an everyday occurrence. For me, it was a great way to start the day!!

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