A few weeks ago, my supervisor told me about a spot in the Quabbin that we had never been to before. She gave me directions to get to an old, abandoned orchard where there were a lot of birds. You could put birdseed in your hand, and the little birds would alight on your fingers and eat the birdseed. I had serious doubts that my children could be quiet enough or still enough for this to happen, but miracle of miracles, it worked!! According to my children who have been to our local Audubon Society’s summer camp, these are black-capped chickadees. They sounded like chickadees, so I believe them! It was a really neat experience – I would have taken more pictures if I hadn’t run out of batteries!
On the way home, we decided to drive the long way around, and were very glad that we did! We saw two deer munching in the bushes by the side of the road. We stopped and watched them for a bit. They were highly suspicious of us and rushed across the street and into the woods on the other side. Much excitement for everyone involved!