Bad Day Originally uploaded by Navicore The caption reads: The gloomy chickadee is indoors looking outdoors through a filthy window that holds his reflection. Couldn’t help taking pictures of this guy before delicately helping him find the door. Took only a moment to take his pictures but it took another half hour to help him to freedom. He was hung up on this particular non-opening window, very far from the open door he must have flown in. I’d never had a bird come into the house before. I’ll be more careful about leaving doors open now
He was very excited and to add to his excitement–I put out donuts for him. Oh! This was a happy weekend for our little chicka-dee-dee-dees!
Birds fly. Their little wings do so much work, beating and beating, keeping their bodies afloat. We admire them in many ways. We try to imitate them. Oh what we would not do to fly!! Most small songbirds fly between 20 and 20 miles per hour.1 And most songbirds have a wingbeat frequency between 10 and 25 beats per seconds. One of our personal favorite backyard birds, the chickadees, have a wingbeat frequency of about 27 beats per second. Slowest Wing Beat Large vultures will often only flap their wings one time per second. Fastest Wing Beat It should come as no surprise to anyone who watches birds that a hummingbird beats its wings the fastest. The title of fastest wing beat goes to a
I watched for an hour and a half and this was my official count: 5 House Finches (2 males, 3 females) 3 Dark-Eyed Juncos 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatches 2 Downy Woodpeckers (One male, one female) 5 Chestnut-backed Chickadees A dozen or more Black-Capped Chickadees 1 Stellar’s Jay 5 American Robins (1 male, 4 females) 3 dozen or more Mallards 1 – 2 dozen American Crows 4 Song Sparrows 3 Spotted Towhees