Like the Carolina chickadee.
Yesterday I heard a flicker, the shouldn't-be elusive ground feeding woodpecker that I hear daily but has eluded my camera and most of the time even a look all summer. He was close, by the sound of his call. So close, that when I opened the door, I had a glimpse of him flying from the edge of my patio to a far away tree.
I laughed and just sat down on the ground, enjoying the wonderful autumn air.
It only took a minute for me to realize I was surrounded by chickadees, busy little chickadees zipping in and out above my head, others flittering about at eye level, hanging like gymnists from the cones of the hemlock.
You see why I'm celebrating?
This post is linked to Bird Photography Weekly #7 at Bird Freak.com celebrating conservation of our world's birds.