Posted by: nightmistwalker | January 5, 2014

Missing the Chickadees

Since moving into the Temple of Gaia 14 years ago, we have been blessed with a flock of chickadees which brighten our winter days with their cheery greetings and adorable curiosity. We have had as many as 20 at a time at the feeder. It became normal to hear their excited call when starting to fill the feeder. By the time the chore was done, at least one fluffy little bird would be waiting to begin breakfast.

This year, we have had not one single chickadee come to visit.

They usually arrive in the fall. When we clean the gutters, they perch on the top rung of the ladder and supervise. When we walk down the drive to attend to the mail, they accompany us, discussing the great issues of the chickadee day. While sitting in meditation at the outdoor altar, we frequently finish to find a small group of birds quietly waiting in the bushes and trees for our delighted greeting.

The decline of the bees has been a long and inexorable process. The disappearance of the chickadees, however, has been sudden and disconcerting. I miss my little friends. I miss their nosiness, their relentless cheerfulness, and their gentle companionship.

It is January, and I hope to see them again before winter’s end. In the meantime, we will continue to fill the feeder for the sake of the juncos, finches, sparrows, and – yes – blue jays who visit it.

And, no, I will not be changing the name of the blog.


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