Friendly Chickadees at Thickson’s Woods: Early January 2021

My grandparents took me to Thickson’s woods, just south of Whitby when I was a child. It has the reputation of being a good place to see birds up close.

On this overcast morning, I visited it once again and was quickly greeted by a Black-capped Chickadee. In some locations such as Ashbridge’s Bay or High Park, Chickadees are used to being fed by hand. I wasn’t sure about Thickson’s Woods but had brought some feed along just in case.

Black-capped Chickadee

As you can see, about half a dozen Chickadees were delighted to see me:

Black-capped Chickadee and White-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadees
Black-capped Chickadees
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

I held the camera in one hand and the seed in the other:

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadees
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee and Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee and Red-breasted Nuthatch

The trails here were very, very icy:

I was very happy to have my new “grippers.


WINTER QUOTES:

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll,

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Friendly Chickadees at Thickson’s Woods: Early January 2021

  1. Susan

    Miles – you have outdone yourself, These look like one-handed photos – just extraordinary to see the wings of the chickadees open like this – absolutely beautiful. Thank you – has made my day. and you have the BEST icers in my opinion too.

    Reply
  2. Lisa Volkov

    Delightful and adorable–of course! Good camera balancing work–good balancing work with the cleats! I’m wearing mine on city streets, walking the dog–no one needs any winter accidents!
    Thanks, Miles!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.