January started cold in Calgary this year. For the first two weeks, temperatures were near -20 degrees Celcius. I went down to Bowmont Park once to feed the Black-capped chickadees, but I didn’t hear a peep from a single one. Luckily, temperatures were balmy last weekend (a touch above 0) and the chickadees were singing happily. About ten of them took turns picking sunflower seeds out of my hand. Some sunflower seeds were shelled and others were unshelled pieces. Some of the chickadees were choosy about which shelled pieces they flew away with (larger? sweeter smelling?).
I usually try to photograph chickadees in my hand, but this Saturday, I decided to photograph them on branches, either before diving onto the pile of seeds on the snow covered ground, or while pecking at a newly acquired seed.