I made this chickadee counted cross stitch several years ago from a pattern that I no longer have, I'm sorry to say. The background is linen. It hangs in our dining room, so we can enjoy these birds inside our home as well as outside.
This Black-Capped Chickadee and its cousin the Mountain Chickadee provide much joy to us throughout the year. They do not head south to warmer climes in the fall but remain year-round to enjoy all of the seasons with us. Their cheerful chick-a-dee-dee-dee call brightens our day anytime of the year. Both chickadees are 5-1/4 " long, but the Mountain Chickadee has a little white stripe above the eye, making his black eye patch look a little like Zorro's!
Nuthatches are also faithful, year-round birds. The Red-Breasted Nuthatch is 4-1/4" long so a little smaller than the chickadees. But they are easy to identify because they travel headfirst down the trunks of trees and even eat headfirst! They are such fun to watch.
We had to take in a bird feeder last night because raccoons like to climb onto our front porch in the night and gorge on sunflower seeds. They are clever and can twist the cupholder screw so that the entire feeder falls to the ground. This morning when I replaced the feeder, a chickadee immediately flew onto it. I felt a little guilty that I had yearned for our hummingbirds when we have such faithful birds that bring such cheer to us throughout the year.
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