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Message 1449413 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 2:21:59 UTC

I am impressed Angela. We regularly get black capped chickadees at our feeders, but they are probably the most easily spooked of all the birds we usually get. My wife and I call our chickadees our "dine and dash" birds, because that is what they do.

House sparrows, on the other hand, peck at our window when the window feeder is empty. And then stare right back at you if you stare at them.
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Message 1449457 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 6:56:08 UTC

I am impressed Angela. We regularly get black capped chickadees at our feeders, but they are probably the most easily spooked of all the birds we usually get. My wife and I call our chickadees our "dine and dash" birds, because that is what they do.


Dude!!! Way to add to my "mystique"...

Ok Bill. Here is what you need to do to impress the heck out of your wife. Wait until the feeder is empty, then pull up a chair near your feeder. Your chickadees will not come to you if there are easier "pickings" available, so it is absolutely critical that the feeder be empty. Sit down and get comfortable, because day one it will take a little time. Hold out a handful of seeds and be very still. You will probably get lots of flutter-by action initially, but eventually the bravest (stupidest???) chickadee will dive-bomb your hand and make off with a seed. Once his/her flock-mates realize that you are providing food, you will start getting more dive-bombings and eventually some brief landings. After the birds become acclimated to brief landings, they will naturally increase the lengths of their stays. The little fellow Eric caught on camera actually picked up and discarded 4 or 5 seeds before he finally found the perfect one and flew away.

It started out slow, but by the end of the week every bird in the flock outside my mother-in-law's window had been trained to eat out of my hand. (Yes... Wisconsin is EXACTLY that exciting during deer hunting week when it is unsafe to venture far outdoors.)

Anyway, you know my motto. If you feed them, they will come...

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Message 1449489 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 9:35:39 UTC

Interestingly a quote form the Wiki.

The Black-capped Chickadee is a small, North American songbird, a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada. It is notable for its capacity to lower its body temperature during cold winter nights, its good spatial memory to relocate the caches where it stores food, and its boldness near humans (they can feed from the hand).


Note the section in bold
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Message 1449491 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 9:39:49 UTC

Anyway, you know my motto. If you feed them, they will come...

Applies to House Guests as well as raccoons!

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Message 1449515 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 11:58:12 UTC

Dog + Goose

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Message 1449574 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 14:56:42 UTC - in response to Message 1449515.

Dog + Goose

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Message 1449580 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 15:08:38 UTC


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Message 1449596 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 16:01:04 UTC - in response to Message 1449489.

Interestingly a quote form the Wiki.

The Black-capped Chickadee is a small, North American songbird, a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada. It is notable for its capacity to lower its body temperature during cold winter nights, its good spatial memory to relocate the caches where it stores food, and its boldness near humans (they can feed from the hand).


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I guess our chickadees don't read wiki. After I have read it, every time I look at two chickadees I will now think "nice Paridae tits".
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Message 1449636 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 20:45:30 UTC - in response to Message 1449596.

Interestingly a quote form the Wiki.

The Black-capped Chickadee is a small, North American songbird, a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is the state bird of both Maine and Massachusetts in the United States, and the provincial bird of New Brunswick in Canada. It is notable for its capacity to lower its body temperature during cold winter nights, its good spatial memory to relocate the caches where it stores food, and its boldness near humans (they can feed from the hand).

I guess our chickadees don't read wiki. After I have read it, every time I look at two chickadees I will now think "nice Paridae tits".

I don't think Angela's RAC needs further discussion.

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Message 1449639 - Posted: 3 Dec 2013, 21:18:08 UTC - in response to Message 1449515.

Dog + Goose


What a wonderful story!
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Message 1449832 - Posted: 4 Dec 2013, 7:53:33 UTC - in response to Message 1449639.

Dog + Goose


What a wonderful story!



+1:)
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Message 1449915 - Posted: 4 Dec 2013, 16:09:21 UTC - in response to Message 1449832.

Dog + Goose


What a wonderful story!



+1:)


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Message 1450259 - Posted: 5 Dec 2013, 14:26:48 UTC


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Message 1450385 - Posted: 5 Dec 2013, 21:00:56 UTC - in response to Message 1450259.



Those are so cute. Are they for sale somewhere?
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Message 1450527 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 7:02:32 UTC
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Good Morning and Hello Sue,

yes by you in the USA.

Search for Kathy Myers, Lakewood, CA ( I think California ).



EDIT : Look here

http://myminkbears.com/

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Message 1450541 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 7:25:51 UTC


Not to far from me Searcher Well a few miles give or take.
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Message 1450657 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 15:46:22 UTC

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Message 1450687 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 16:49:09 UTC - in response to Message 1450527.

Good Morning and Hello Sue,

yes by you in the USA.

Search for Kathy Myers, Lakewood, CA ( I think California ).



EDIT : Look here

http://myminkbears.com/


Thank you.

She uses real mink to make her animals. This bothers me a little. I know
she says they are "vintage" stoles and coats, which should mean that the
minks were killed to make the coats, and not to make the animals. Still, it's
on ground that is too shaky for me. They're still darned cute, though.

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Message 1450728 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 18:33:10 UTC

They are cute, but I feel a bit iffy about it as well .....

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