Cooper Marsh, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
December 3, 2011
Black-capped Chickadee Parus atricapillus
I was dawdling along the trail to the boardwalk with my usual retinue of starving (or so one would be led to believe) Chickadees following in my wake when I spotted the very acrobatic Downy Woodpecker.
I begged, nay, pleaded piteously, with it to turn a little more towards the sun so I could get more exposure on its eye, but it seemed uninterested and, with a disdainful birdie sniff, turned its back on me.
I even went as far as to offer it a lifetime’s supply of sunflower seeds if it would cooperate, but it took one little hop to a nearby branch and said, “Aye. Well ye can take a wee piccie of this, ye auld git!”
Well, okay then. Suitably chastised, I went back to my Downy.
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