SO.. I’m working in the bathroom (K & I are remodeling the bathroom but that’s another story), and the window is open and I hear this little ‘plink-plink-plink-plink’. It seems to be coming from outside… I open the window and stick my head out to look around… We have nuthatches and woodpeckers attacking the facia boards on our house to get to the bees and wasps underneath… but I check all along the roofline… and nothing.
The sound seems to be coming from our bird feeder (which is below me from the upstairs window). There’s no bird or squirrel at the feeder.
Definately the bird feeder. I shout downstairs to K, “is there a bird or something under the feeder?”
“No,” she replies, “why?”
“I’m hearing this noise and I think it’s coming from the bird feeder.”
“There’s nothing under the… wait… there’s a bird IN the feeder! Yes, a chickadee is IN THE FEEDER!”
I reply simply, “Where’s the camera!? Nobody’s going to believe this!”
Sure enough a short walk outside revealed that a chickadee had managed to get trapped INSIDE our bird feeder.
“PLINK-PLINK-PLINK flutter-flutter” says the chickadee by pecking against the feeder and flapping to no effect.
Here’s the evidence:
After I carefully opened the feeder, the chickadee immediately alighted on a nearby branch and issued its standard “CHICK-a-dee-dee” call. It was immediately joined by a black-capped friend and the two chittered back and forth for a few seconds. After 30 seconds or so they both flew off and I lost track of them.
So your call: Prison or Paradise?