My Little Chickadee

Should be plural as a few visit my bird feeders.

I’ve learned to recognize their unmistakable calls. 

Here’s one more photo but it’s a bit blurry. Most my snaps this week were either in low light or as I was in a hurry and so…blurry. This is one of the best of the blurry photos.

The rest were too blurry to even consider sharing.  Though no more bird photos to share, I did spot a decent variety of birds during the week.

Earlier in the week:

Monday, I watched a pair of doves fly into a conifer tree. And quickly out of it as they realized the noise and activity level of the preschool children playing below them.

Tuesday, I watched more mourning dove antics as one of my backyard doves tried to claim the “king of the hill” spot on top of the bird feeder. I also watched a pair of downy woodpeckers eat at the suet feeder.

Wednesday, the halfway point of the week arrives, things start to get a bit blurry. I think this day I spotted an Eastern blue bird sitting on a wire (90% sure). I also spotted the usual turkey vultures over the park land beyond the playground boundary. And robins. At home and at school.

Later in the week:

Thursday, yet another working day, I tried for some early morning shots of our regular bird feeder customers. Lots of blurry house finch photos I won’t show you. Here’s a non blurry photo of my cone flowers instead.

You can see the fallen petals from my bee balm on the greenery. Maybe some day my cone flowers will be like the school ones and almost as tall as me. Right now they are just barely a foot tall.  Thursday evening, with most the light gone and the lightening bugs arriving, we spotted our hummingbird eating at the feeder and taking a few quick breaks on the fence. No photos, too dark outside.

Yesterday, for a brief moment, I enjoyed watching a mockingbird hop on a fence at work. And spotted a few sparrows. Again, I spotted the doves near the playground. Perhaps they love the children, too?

My July looks quite busy but I’ll still be watching for the birds and trying for better focused photos.  I’ll end my post with one more fun photo to make up for the lack of bird pictures.

My mushroom fairy house. I think a fairy moved in and planted actual mushrooms!

My fairy yielded quite the crop! If only our actual garden fared so well.


What birds did you spot this week?

Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin‘.

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14 thoughts on “My Little Chickadee

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! The mushroom patch is gone but it tends to spring up after a good rain with a few sunny days. Hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

  1. Phil

    Hello Jean. Shame about the blurry pics. I hate taking pictures in poor light. The solution is to use a higher ISO if your camera has that capability. It seems that you see a great variety of birds close by and maybe time to invest in a zoomier lens for you to get greater satisfaction out of your sightings. Your chickadees are related to our own family of birds that we call titmice.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks for the tip. I have a bridge camera so I’ll see if I can change that setting on auto. Usually, I just use the preset “bird watching” button. I really should learn to do a bit more with my camera. Interesting to know the birds are related. Hope you’ve had a great weekend so far!

  2. Diane

    LOL your fairy obviously has a green thumb, excellent crop growing outside her house. Thanks for the visit and the comment. Hope you have a good week and keep safe. Diane

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, the fairy does much better than the people around here with the gardening tasks. Hope you have a wonderful and safe week as well!

  3. Eileen


    I love the cute Chicakdees, they have a cute sound too. Your Coneflowers are pretty. We’ve been seeing some mushrooms during on walks in the local forest. The little fairy house is cute. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Chickadees have always been one of my very favorite birds. Thank you. I’m trying to plant native flowers a bit more. Hope your new week is off to a wonderful start!

  4. David Gascoigne

    There is nothing quite like a visit from some friendly chickadees to brighten up a day. We have had a little family group dropping by the past couple of days. The young still beg furiously for the adults to deliver food, even though they are perfectly capable of feeding themselves. Just like human teenagers I guess. They’ll take advantage of mom and dad for as long as they can!
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    1. Jean Post author

      They are very fun to watch. I thought we had some nesting nearby but never saw (that I knew about anyway) any fledglings. However, that definitely sounds like human teenagers. Actually, sounds very much like a human teenager under this very roof, ha! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Started adding a few fairy doors very recently just for a bit of fun. Hope your Sunday is going well so far.

  5. Anni

    I’m really running late today, and busy with a home project. So, I’ll just say thanks for linking in today at I’d Rather B Birdin. I’ll come back to read more when time allows later this week! Stay safe.

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