Date: 1/1/21 4:59 pm
From: Charlie La Rosa <charlie.larosa...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] Chickadee and sharpie
No. Trump is not sketching chickadees with his Sharpie now.

A chickadee was headed to the feeder outside the kitchen window, suddenly
veered, bumped into the glass pane, and landed on a nearby pine branch. It
perched there, still as a fence post. I thought it was stunned from its
encounter with the window pane. After a minute or so, a sharp-shinned hawk
flew in and rather casually grabbed the chickadee and flew off around the
back of the garage. Like taking a box of cereal off the pantry shelf. The
chickadee never seemed to attempt to evade the hawk.

Then I noticed another chickadee on a nearby lilac branch. It, too, was
motionless as could be. It remained so for several minutes until it began
to move its bill slightly, a little up, a little left, a little right, then
rotated its entire head from the neck. After a few more seconds, it flew
into the pines and began looking for seeds on the snow beneath.

Not sure what that might augur for 2021. It wasn't a good start for at
least one chickadee, however.

On another note, anyone know where the redpolls and siskins have gone?

Happy New Year and great birding to all!

So. Washington

*“The solution to any problem---work, love, money, whatever---is to go
fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”*

~ John Gierach, from *Standing in a River Waving a Stick*
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