were you counted this week?
Not at my place because eBird has me listed in Niagara Falls, Ontario, not in New York. You may have arrived here from Canada though. The restaurant is still opened if you want a change of scenery. Anyway, you are in a pretty snow covered forest…
Cute as you are, do you ever wish you were big and fearsome, ruling your forest?
You know that is kinda an interesting thought. If one looks at the insect world, lots of little creepy crawlies are rather creepy, especially to smaller insects. Ferocious too. To insects, these little chickadees are just big enough and fearsome. You don’t need to be an eagle to be a predator. Come spring, the little birds will be back on insect hunt.
Carry the big eats little scenario further, and it made me wonder if humans are the only species to take on the biggest and most imposing prey? Whales rule their domain, elephants the savannah, hippos and gators the watering holes and we kill them all rather easily. I guess little can take down bigger prey, like a lion taking down a zebra, but usually it is a lion pride doing the killing. How many examples can you think of with the little eating or killing big?
Unfortunately for those returning eagles going north for nesting, they have been greeted by some nasty cold weather. The little Chickadee does very well in the frigid north.
When I was out photographing at their forest at the Falls yesterday, a few of these little guys sounded the alarm because of me. The more “dee” notes they add to their calls, the higher the alarm. I think it had to do with me failing to bring seed for them. I guess I was getting called a few choice names. They also kept to a greater distance from me and my long lens. Their alarm calls keep all the other birds away too. Usually there are a good variety, but not this trip.
Even the Cardinal was giving me the eye. I better remember food next time.
This gent really gave me a long look. His missus just did not care.
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