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One-Foot

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Wednesday February 12, 2014

Tok, AK (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Don't know why he was perched on one foot... maybe he keeps it tucked it to keep it warm. -47 this morning.

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5. Bugmon
3:24 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
They aren't very timid Katy .. you could have them eating out of your hand easily.
Let your feeder run out mid-day, then a couple hours later go outside with some seed in your hand and sit and wait for them .. it might take an hour but they will begin to trust you.
A warm day and a nice chair make it more comfortable!
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4. katy99780
3:15 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
I love the little chickadee in your hand Jon, that's pretty neat. I've never hand fed one, but they don't mind me hanging around within a foot or two. Your portrait shows you are very patient.
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3. Bugmon
3:12 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
I had a male chickadee that I fed for years that had a scar ( featherless spot) on his neck and was missing a talon - looked like a hawk messed him up. He would always tuck his toe-less foot up.
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2. katy99780
3:07 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Thanks Jon, yes I knew they have 'bloodless' legs, otherwise these tiny little pin size legs would freeze right off.

Glad to know it's a regular practice for chickadees, I didn't know that. I was concerned he only had one leg.
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1. Bugmon
3:00 AM GMT on February 14, 2014
Nice shot! ... and yes they keep one leg tucked up in cold weather the reserve heat.
Birds also have limited circulation in their legs so they wont get cold like us.
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I've lived in Alaska since 1969. I love this wild land. The extremes of the far north shape and affect every living thing. Extremes of weather, elevation, daylight hours, isolation, flora and fauna, nothing in Nature is insignificant.I have a Davis Vantage Pro weather station, uploading to Wunderground, (Turks on the Tundra) the National Weather Service, the Citizen Weather Observation Program and MADIS (Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System). "May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart." ~ Indigenous Arctic Proverb

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