Did you see the article on whether city chicks.... (Black Capped Chickadees that is)...... are getting lazier than their country cousins? Because of us bird feeders.
Apparently a couple of gals studied 100 of them and put them through the paces of caching food and then finding the caches of seeds and things and discovered that people who feed birds are not doing them a disservice. Whew.
There was no difference between the rural and urban little guys... all found their caches about the same ..
There is plenty of info on the fact that the size of a chickadee hippocampus changes with the seasons... (we always joke about it when they stop coming to the feeder as often when it finally warms up) and the fact that they need, or don't need, to find and cache more food at certain times of the year. Hopefully this latest study took all of that into consideration.
They also don't show up in moulting season because they are too embarrassed to be seen with big bald patches...like one I saw a year or so ago. Poor little thing was hiding in the lilac leaves so I wouldn't see him.
I was pretty mean and did take his photo anyway.... I feel kinda bad showing it. Awww... poor wee thing.
The recent article also said more study was necessary to see if urban vs rural birds had differing responses to "novelty".... not sure what that means. It didn't explain.
However, I like to think city birds have a very curious nature... and love to explore new things .. like this little guy having a shower and a bath and a drink in my new little fountain...about 3 minutes after I filled it and turned it on.
I had one come last year to the other fountain...about the same time frame after we turned it on... maybe it is the same little curious guy/gal? Who knows with chickadees? ..
All I know for sure is they sure have all the "c" words going for them. Cute, clever, curious, clean,
First of all....isn't this the cutest little water fountain you have ever seen? $60 at Home Depot. Love it.
So did this little guy.....
First, he sat on the edge and had a sip of the waterfall...then, he jumped right into the centre of the leaf and had a bath...then he got up on the edge... and then..he jumped into the leaf above. I was waaayyyy to slow to get more than these two photos.
I was peering through the slats of a venetian in the kitchen window and didn't want to put it up and scare him off. Silly me... I finally did put it up and totally ignored me. Darn! Why didn't I just do it sooner? I could have had much clearer shots.
Linking to Stewart's blog for Wild Bird Wednesday. Click on his name or the photo below to be immediately transported.........