Last week before our weekend snow, when it was fairly spring like
I went to the nearby park at lunch. I took pictures of a number
of chickadees before I found one working away high up in a poplar.
I assumed it was caching something but it kept working away
twisting it's body like a little drill it's head completely disappearing
and I kept taking photos. I vaguely thought they inhabited spruce trees
or woodpecker holes in the winter and never gave summer much
thought. Despite having lots of bird books I tend to read up
on less "common" birds. At some point I began to realize the
chickadee was actually excavating a hole. Of course when
I got back to my office I checked on that Canadian institution
the Hinterland Who's Who.
It was not until I got home I was able to really check the photos.
"Together, they dig out a hole in the rotting wood of a dead stump,
usually about 1 to 3 m above ground. They may also nest 9 to 12 m up
in the dead parts of live trees, or in hollows abandoned by
other hole-nesting birds. "
Bird Fact Sheets: Black-capped Chickadee
Hinterland Who's Who
of life goes on,
and I try to
go with it,
paddler in a leaky
Notes to My Mother