Tuesday, September 06, 2011

They're back!

While I'm always sad to see our short, sweet summer come to an end, I do welcome back the chickadees.  I heard their melodic and soft songs as I drank coffe on the deck the other morning.  They were greeting me and each other in the big spruce tree where they hid and ate sunflower seeds all last winter.
Research has shown that chickadees can remember over 6000 hiding spots for their seeds.  That's pretty remarkable for a tiny bird.
Watercolor and pen in Moleskine sketchbook, from a newspaper photo.

10 comments:

Clare said...

Oh Wow, this is gorgeous! I always thought a chickadee was some kind of chicken!

Caatje said...

What an adorable sketch! I'm not a native speaker of English (I'm Dutch) so I never knew exactly what kind of bird a chickadee was, but now I know. It's a 'meesje', haha.

Linda T said...

Wonderful sketch, and I like them, too!

Cathy Holtom said...

Sweet little bird!

nanke's stuff said...

What a beautiful painting of such a sweet bird. They are back here in the mitten, too, and I love seeing them! nancy

Dan Kent said...

Really cute - beautifully captured! I love chickadees. Unfortunately, we don't get them down here.

Alex said...

Beautifully drawn =) It's always nice to sketch some returning visitors. Just a great way to show appreciation

whatidoisme said...

Beautiful - what a nice sight to accompany that morning coffee!
Sue

Christie said...

I miss chickadees - this one is very lively, though. Almost like a sighting...

Vee said...

What a beautiful little bird! I love the blues and oranges you used in this. My favorite color combination right now. :)