A Bird in the Hand
© Belinda Perkins
This past Winter my husband and I earned the eternal (okay maybe temporary) gratitude of a local park’s Chickadee population. While the weather wasn’t particularly harsh, it is still a lot of work for those busy little birds to keep up their body weight. We spent many weekends touring the park, our pockets bursting with unsalted nuts (their faves), sunflower, and oil sunflower seeds. They would land in your hand, pick fussily at the seeds until the found just the right one,and then fly off to hide it. Then repeat. Highly entertaining to watch and experience, even more fun to show the passing children just how to do it. To one little girl I pointed out that she was just like Cinderalla with her bird friends. She was enchanted.