Saturday, January 12, 2008

Getting Familiar with the Locals



During this past week we have received over a foot of the fluffiest, lightest, driest snow I have even seen. It has also been cold, cold, cold. Not Fairbanks cold, but still pretty chilly. Maybe because of the weather the Redpolls have really flocked together and hit the feeders hard. The thistle bag has regularly had twenty and twenty-one birds on it, with several other vying for a spot or waiting their turn.



Zoey was the first to try to become a bit more familiar with the Redpolls.



It did not take long for these birds to trust her. She was so still.



Vivi wanted to try too. I love these shots of her. She is being more still and patient than any other five year old I know.



I think she kind of looks like Julia Stiles in these shots.







Finally, the payoff. She was so excited.







I think this will be an experience she will never forget. The only downside, is now she wants to do this all the time.



I even managed to get five eating out of my hand at once. It was truly amazing to have two birds wrangling over position right in front of my face. To be among them, and hear them, and have them pretty much ignore me was amazing. I dreamed about it.

13 comments:

Birdfreak said...

Very cool! What a great experience for the little birders! Redpolls are great birds.

Susan Gets Native said...

That RAWKS SO HARD.
The Birder-Charming-Gals of the Great White North.

*jealous of your redpolls. Darn it.*

Trixie said...

Ahh...Susan! We just do not have too many species, we just have volume.

RuthieJ said...

Wow, you guys, that is just WAY COOL!! I was so hoping there would be a picture of Vivi with a bird too and finally there was. Isn't it just the most amazing thing in the world! I'm so glad all 3 of you Alaska girls were able to enjoy this.

Mary said...

I AM SO FREAKING JEALOUS - BRIGHT GREEN WITH ENVY. This is fabulous! Your photos of Vivi's face are hilarious and Zoey is the redpoll queen! This is a post I won't forget - right up there with Ruthie's hummingbird on her thumb and the chickadee on her hand.

You guys rock. I guess Vivi will be perched outside for the next few weeks? LOL!

mon@rch said...

I am so jealous of your guys!! Hmm, I wonder if I can get mine to do this?? The vivi photos are priceless although it is amazing see all you guys with these guys! BRAVO

Young Naturalist J said...

That is so interesting!!! I wish I had the patients to be able to do something like that...I have attempted before but laster about 5 minutes! I congratulate you all!

Trixie said...

Thanks everyone! It was very interesting. Vivi wants to do it EVERY day now. I think if she wasn't sparked before, she is now.

Anonymous said...

You go girls, redpolls eating out of your hands, sitting on your heads, and scarfing food from the thistle bag. This was an unbelievable post on redpolls. Last fall it was about the moose at your home. You have different wildlife then we do here in southern Minn.
Nature Knitter's Mom [Betty K]

Julie Zickefoose said...

Most precious, sweetest, cutest pictures ever!!

Larry said...

That's great! I have to wait 15 minutes to get one Chickadee to land on my hand.-Cute photos and a nice natural learning experience.

Big Bro Bill in Marietta said...

Trish --

What's that whitish pile behind the bird on your head? Just kidding!

I know I wouldn't be able to stand still long enuff to get any of my goldfinches, cardinals, & others to land on my head...& forget about the crows & hawks!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.