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.