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    About a couple days ago we started seeing a few new visitors around our lot, who usually come during the winter. The black-capped chickadees!

    Since we have cats outside, we try to shoo them away when they are around. They usually fly away when we open the door, so we went to do that, they didn't even move! Out of our curiosity, we wanted to know how close we could get to them. So my sister started walking closer, and closer. Until she was just inches away from one, and it stayed there the whole time. Just chirping away at us.

    Anyway, we didn't see them around until the next afternoon. So this time, I went to see one. I got about 5 inches away from it, and I wondered just how tame they were.

    I started reaching my hand out, and......









    I'll post the rest of my videos I took later for anyone who wants to see them!

    You wouldn't believe how soft their feathers are! The whole time they are just peeping and singing away at us and they don't mind being touched or picked up at all! I'll have to get a better picture or video of them to show you how tame they are, but today they kept being blown away and spooked.

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    Oooh, I am SO jealous of you. Chickadees are one of the cutest birds though I'm also fond of the junkos. They both look like they're wearing some kind of business suits.

    The only thing I've been able to get close to here at home are ducks when they come to eat spilt seed under the feeder and not at all like that.

    And yes, please post more pix/videos. Just hoep you being careful & washing hands properly so as not to take anything in to your pets.

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    Re: Unepected Visitors!

    Oh my goodness! LUCKY YOU!!!!! I can't believe it came to eat out of your hand. Wow! They are so tiny. I agree with with Sandra; they look like they're wearing business suits
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    Re: Unepected Visitors!

    Thanks, we are really amazed by this too. We had no idea they would be so tame. We can even touch them, pick them up, and even do 'Step up' with them, without millet!

    Here are the last of the videos from today:

    They got scared of me this time....




    I'll get some better ones tomorrow, it was too windy today.

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    Re: Unepected Visitors!

    thanks for the pics, we don't have any little birds like that in my area-- their really cute.
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    Re: Unepected Visitors!

    Okay, so before I was jealous now I'm positively green with envy over the videos. The only wild things (other than the ducks I mentioned) that would come a little closer were squirrels & chipmunks but that is using peanuts as bait.

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    Wowwwww. We would get the feeder birds to perch after weeks of coaxing but not the cickadees! (just redpolls);


    For whatever reason, even though they are known for being more gregarious, we could never get the chickadees! I'm so very jealous =)


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    Re: Unepected Visitors!

    Thanks everyone, they are now living about 20 feet away from us in the woods now. Chirping away all the time. I wonder if they are nesting? I thought they would have started about a month ago? There is a perfect sized bird house for them where they are hanging around, but that thing has been there for about 6 months already.

    I'm worried though, because some of them are trying to eat the cats' food outside and most of the pieces are too big and hard for them to even swallow, but I saw one desperately trying to eat one under our step. Even though there is other seeds and bread put out for them.

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    Re: Unepected Visitors!

    Quote Originally Posted by McDenny View Post
    Wowwwww. We would get the feeder birds to perch after weeks of coaxing but not the cickadees! (just redpolls);


    For whatever reason, even though they are known for being more gregarious, we could never get the chickadees! I'm so very jealous =)
    I'd take anything I could get to perch on my hand from our feeders. Most of the birds just come in, snack & leave. I know we've got cardinals, sparrows, junkos, chickadees, grackles and cowbirds that come to the feeders. We also have robins, yellow & red finches which like the seed pods from the yucca plants.

    Don't see a duck perching on my hand though ...

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    Re: Unepected Visitors!

    maybe they want the protein? how about some egg or mealworms type thing?

    beyond amazing tho. i remember one spring where i spent about a week convincing the baby bluetits i was a good thing and they would hop on and off in a blur of cheaps and wings. Utterly amazing x


    Thanks Lee for the adorable sig!

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