Chickadee: a lesson in the value of water

A member living near Ten Mile creek describes a recent wildlife encounter:

Black-capped Chickadee Adult

“Weeks before the rains came back, a chickadee made it clear that I had not been keeping a 5 gallon bucket adequately full of water. The cedar this chickadee lives in, with many others, also shelters trees I had healed-in for later planting. I was using the bucket to help maintain humidity.

The chickadee arrived as soon as I did, landed on the lip of the bucket, then loudly and repeatedly announced that the water level was too low for easy access, while alternately dipping and glaring at me. I filled the bucket and have kept it full ever since. I have not been lectured again.”

Image credit: © Scott Martin | Macaulay Library
Massachusetts, February 03, 2017

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