Thursday, March 09, 2006

31. Chestnut-backed Chickadee

We almost missed them. Walking around North Lake, the new lake, where once there was fencing and wire but now only paths built for strolling. And then there they were.

"Chickadees," she said, pointing at the birds in the brush. "Yes, Chickadees," I replied. But wait, those aren't the familiar Black-capped chickadees that come by our feeder. They have brown backs, brown flanks. "Why, I believe that's a different species," she said. "I concur," I cuncurred.

And so it came to pass that the Chestnut-backed Chickadee became my 31st bird.


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