Sunday, February 1, 2009

CHICKADEE-DEE-DEE


We go 'birding" quite often, and always enjoy seeing the birds, but when you have one land in your hand, well, that feeling is just wonderful. It's getting as close to nature as you can.

We visited Bronte Creek today in search of a white-winged crossbill, a bird we had not seen before but heard had been seen in the park. It was our first visit to the park and we were surprised by the number of cross country skiers, but we chose a more hilly walking trail with less people.

We hadn't been walking very long when we heard the familiar call of one of our favorite song birds, the chickadee, and they were more then willing to land on our hands for some black oil sunflower seeds.

Though we had no luck in spotting the white-winged crossbill, we were treated to many sightings of chickadees, white breasted nuthatches, and one very noisy blue jay.

We spent close to 2 hours enjoying the trails and birds, and will return in search of the elusive white-winged crossbill.