If you were one of my neighbors and had been observing my behavior over the last few days, you might well come to the conclusion that I am a bit of a crazy-sort. This is perfectly warranted, considering the fact that I've been padding around the backyard with my camera in hand, stalking a red cardinal that has been (I swear!) teasing me mercilessly. This bird knows that I want to get a close-up of him in all his crimson glory and he is really and truly not having it. I now have a memory card's worth of blurry, distant pictures of a bright red little blob flying away from me at high speed. I would just give up on the whole project except for the fact that he keeps camping out in the bushes directly behind the back door and calling loudly at me to come chase him. Many times a day. I think we are actually stalking each other.
So, no luck on the cardinal photo. However, I did get this nice picture of a Black-capped Chickadee. He let me get plenty close and seemed pretty unflappable, actually. Now that spring has arrived and the birds are returning to our yard, I'm realizing that I really have not a clue what most of them are. Being a lifelong west-coaster, these northern New England birds are a novelty, and learning their names and calls will probably be an ongoing summer project for me and the girl. I'll let you know how it goes. And, if there is a decent picture taken of that cardinal, it will most certainly make the news here.