The long, cold winter and spring decimated the bird population in this area. After we were settled, we decided to start feeding the local birds – to see what types there are, to help “the locals” recover a bit, to enjoy their antics, to get to know their personalities, to just feel a part of the wildness of this settled part of the world.
I’m sure I’ll be sharing more photos as time goes on, but this is one that I feel privileged to have caught with my less-than-ideal-as-a-camera iPod touch – this breed I’ve named “Energetic”. They aren’t afraid of much — including me, who was sitting about five feet away, and MacKenzie, who was lying in the sun even closer. They are in constant motion, chasing off the other birds, hanging upside down on the tree using the bark to hold the seed for them so they can aggressively break it open. When I see their movement out of the corner of my eye, they remind me of a big spider hopping around.
For several days their out-of-the-nest but still-wanting-to-be-dependent-on-momma chicks energetically followed them, demanding food while they were standing on top of seeds.
This little breed has a gigantic personality!