The chickadees are definitely hams. They love to come over and check me out (I was outside pointing my camera up at the feeder when this little guy came to say hello.) I thought it would be fun to show you some of the wildlife around our little apartment. (Click any picture to enlarge.) I have four feeders hanging off the front porch. We get some really interesting birds, along with the usual suspects like sparrows. My pine siskins are all gone now, I am not sure where, but I have at least 4 male goldfinches (the brightly colored ones) and at least two more sedately colored females, who might be getting ready to lay eggs, since they have not been around lately.
This is the best picture I've been able to get of the northern flicker. He has brought his girlfriend around to show her where the sunflower seeds propagate as if by magic. This was taken early in the morning from inside the apartment, and although the camera screamed at me to use the flash, I knew it would spoil the picture because of the window, so I took it anyway. (There is a setting on the camera to change the ISO but it's too complicated for me to learn right now.)
This picture is taken in the back yard area of the apartment complex. Mama Doe has just recently given birth to these beautiful little babies, and this was our first look at them. She brought them out to check out the area, I guess. They bounce straight up at least as high as they are. Aren't they adorable?? Last year she also had two little ones, and we watched them learn how to forage and jump fences, and learn all the other things that deer know how to do. Mama probably teaches them which flowers are the tastiest in the surrounding gardens, too.
Here's a closeup of one of the new babies. It's interesting that I don't know of any species that doesn't have cute babies. Maybe there are some, but I can't think of any. And then, inside the apartment, I discovered this interesting wildlife:
He's standing on a bench he uses to exercise on, and he's using his arms in a mysterious way, with some little blue things hanging off the end. I notice he's a pretty mature looking character, and his coverings look a little worse for wear. Behind him is a wall hanging from China, which is the Chinese character for "Destiny." I think this wild animal might be destined for great things.