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Article: Garden Visitor: The Black-Capped Chickadee: Rewarding both the brave and patient

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Portage, MI

January 7, 2013
11:26 AM

Post #9378197

I recommend that everyone (at least, once in their lifetime) stand outside while chickadees are actively feeding. The human stands statue-still with black oiler seeds on their upraised, open hands. Soon, the bravest (alpha) chickadees will alight to snatch a seed. Then, things get exciting. It is a good way to demonstrate to children how patience is rewarded. In this event, the reward is a thrill of childish delight (which is a good thing for everyone).


Gurnee, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2013
3:22 PM

Post #9378447

I love this idea, and agree that it's an excellent lesson for children (and adults)! I will try it the next time we have a half-way warm day.

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