Just as we were sitting down for breakfast, the quick flitting of a small bird caught my eye out the dining room window. I knew it wasn't the usual sparrow or finch we've had an abundance of lately ~ his behavior gave him away. Also, instead of perching and dining on the black oil sunflower feeder, this bird would fly in swiftly, snatch a seed, then take off to crack & eat it someplace else. Once I was able to get a good look at him, I realized it was a Mountain Chickadee ~ our first for this fall/winter season:
We don't normally see Chickadees in our yard during the summer months so his presence is definitely an indicator of the season. More often we have the Black-capped Chickadees instead of the Mountain Chickadee that's pictured. The latter can be distinguished by the white "eyebrow" versus the solid black head of the Black-Capped Chickadee. It wasn't so easy to snap a photo because of his quick movements but luckily I got a few. Maybe I'll have more chances over the next few months? Ever so often he would fore-go the feeder to sample the contents of holes in the Aspen tree:
I'm not sure what he found in them, but it's good he's cleaning them out for me. As quickly as he arrived, he was gone
and we were left to breakfast with the sparrows. Oh well, that's what we were anticipating ~ he was the unexpected treat for the day. Hopefully it won't be our last meal together.