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Chickadee Haikus: Bird In Hand Worth More Than Two In Bush Poems

Updated on January 2, 2017

Rescued Chickadee Images

Chickadee Haiku: Bird In Hand Worth More Than Two In Bush Poem
Chickadee Haiku: Bird In Hand Worth More Than Two In Bush Poem | Source

Untitled Haiku


Charitable chum ~

chickadee's chattiest charms

a cheerful chortle...


Close Up View of Black-capped Chickadee

Chickadee in gloved hand.
Chickadee in gloved hand. | Source

Macro Photography

I had my camera ready as I opened my hand to release the Black-capped Chickadee I rescued from the garage. I expected it to fly off immediately. I was amazed when it readjusted its position and sat on my gloved thumb for almost a whole minute. It gave me an opportunity to get several close up pictures from just inches away.

It is a bit of a challenge to get pictures without benefit of being able to look through the viewer and I did miss getting the whole tail in at times. Time seemed to stand still and I felt so blessed to have this wonderful opportunity to have this wild bird just sit on my thumb. You can tell by the pictures that I was not restricting the little bird’s movement at all.

I missed the picture of the Chickadee flying off. It went straight into a spruce tree and I felt a little call of the wild in my heart. Thank you little one.


Meaning of "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" saying.

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”, is yet another colloquialism that I first heard as a child. But, I did not really understand the meaning of the saying until I was older.

The idiom can be applied to a variety of situations.

  • Basically, it means that the sure thing we already have may be of more value to us than taking a risk of losing it to pursue something else of greater value that may not ever be ours.
  • Enjoying, appreciating and being contented with your “bird in the hand” is being inferred to be considered wisdom.
  • On the other hand, risking the loss of that “bird in the hand” for something else that “might" be out there, might be considered to be a lack of wisdom. That opportunity of higher value might not pan out for you.
  • I believe it is about weighing your options and finding a balance that will be the best for you at the present time, as well as keeping an eye on the future.
  • Be sure you are willing to lose what you already have if you decide to take a chance to gain a greater prize.
  • Though the grass may look greener yonder far, make sure you really look before you leap.



Hunting Birds Poem


Predator alarm

Chick a dee dee dee dee dee dee

Hapless hungry hawk


Backside View of Chickadee Macro Photography

Backside View of My Little Chickadee
Backside View of My Little Chickadee | Source

I Love This Photo of the Bird's Back

Once again my Canon PowerShot photography amazed me with the detail in this photo of the back of the Black-capped Chickadee. I looked online at the Chickadee images on Google, and could plainly see that I had gotten the best picture of a Chickadee's back.

I cannot say enough about the Canon PowerShot, but I can show you photographic proof. One of Canon's budget friendly cameras can provide amazing pictures.

Releasing A Wild Bird Story

It is about the very same bird that I wrote the haiku for. Such a sweet little bird to hold in hand, and truly worth much more than two birds in the bush.

By the way, the little Black-capped Chickadee gave permission for me to take bird photos and to use it's images for articles in gratitude to me for rescuing it from the garage.

Haiku


Chick-a-dee dee dee

birdies sound the warning cry

to the bush they fly


Chickadee Haiku: A Flutter of Wings

Poem


a bird in the hand~

miraculous interlude.

treasured memory...


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Winter Photo of Chickadee

Chickadee in a tree.
Chickadee in a tree. | Source

Boreal Forest Chickadee Bird Calls

  • The hey sweetheart call is a "Fee Bee" call, where the note can change.
  • "Chicka Dee Dee Dee" call. When Chickadee's are alarmed they increase the Dee Dee Dee sound and the higher the threat is to them the more the sound is repeated.
  • They have a gargling call they make aggressively when lower-ranking birds get too close to higher ranking birds.
  • Female Chickadees imitate Baby Chicks for two to three days before they lay their eggs.
  • And, a high pitched "Seet" call.

Black-Capped Chickadee Calls and Sounds Video

A Little Inspiration

Bird in hand trembles ~

Open hand invites release.

Thumb perch elation!

Chickadee At Suet Bird Feeder Photo

Chickadees are winter season birds that eat suit.
Chickadees are winter season birds that eat suit. | Source

Canon PowerShot Camera

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera with Wi-Fi Black + 32GB Green's Camera Tripod Bundle
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera with Wi-Fi Black + 32GB Green's Camera Tripod Bundle

You can see by the Chickadee photos that the Canon PowerShot camera takes quality photos. I love practicing macro photography, it is a passion of mine. I do recommend any of the PowerShot cameras. The pictures of a Black capped Chickadee are high quality photos with crispy clear detail of the birds feathers, eyes and feet. I love the macro photography setting. The bird photos were taken within inches away from my little rescued Chickadee feathered friend, that posed for me before it was ready to be released back into the wild.

 

Chickadee Image

Chickadee
Chickadee | Source

These little cuties display no shyness at times when they land on a branch just a few feet from where I am. It is not unusual at all for a Chickadee to land on a bird feeder while I am hanging it up. They are generally very comfortable around humans. Getting to see these little cuties is a great payoff for feeding them and hearing them as they tweet along is a delight as they chat casually with each other.

I have been noticing that not all Black-capped Chickadees look alike. For instance, some of the birds have lots of white on the chest and belly feathers while some have more of a buff color on those areas.

About Me

I am a bird watcher through and through, and love taking bird photos when the opportunity arises. It seems different species of birds all have their own unique personalities. The Black-capped Chickadees are by far some of the friendliest birds we have as guests in the yard to feed. They are not able to tell one person apart from another. A hand to eat from is just a hand to eat from.

One morning as I was sitting outside, a Chickadee came along and hopped up on my moccasin I had on my foot. Wouldn't you know I did not have my camera in my pocket. I think it was trying to tell me the the bird feeder was empty it it sure would like some seeds for breakfast.

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      Susie Lehto 4 months ago from Minnesota

      CE Clark, it is interesting to know what those birds' voices are saying instead of just listening to them sing or make noise. Thank you for your lovely comment, I really did enjoy your visit. - Kudos!

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      C E Clark 5 months ago from North Texas

      The chickadees that came to my feeder when I lived where I could have a feeder were bright yellow with black. Like the pictures you have here only bright yellow where in the photos here the birds are white. They could be quite aggressive for such small birds.

      They were here in North Texas in the spring and summer. Never saw them in winter. Really liked the photos and video with the bird calls. Never knew before what the different calls meant and so that is good to know. Really enjoyed this hub and the haikus too.

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      Robert Sacchi 9 months ago

      Whatever camera does the job :-)

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      Susie Lehto 9 months ago from Minnesota

      Cell phones do take nice photos. If I ever get a cell phone again, it would be for that purpose alone, but I'll stick with a pocket camera I suppose. - Thank, Robert!

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      Robert Sacchi 9 months ago

      That is one of the advantages of cell phones. There is always a camera available.

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      Susie Lehto 9 months ago from Minnesota

      Robert, thank you. There are so many opportunities to take pictures, and its always good to have a camera handy. Never know when a photo-op will arise. - Kudos!

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      Robert Sacchi 9 months ago

      Great shots, glad you made the most of the opportunity.

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      Susie Lehto 12 months ago from Minnesota

      Perspycacious, thank you so much for stopping by, and for sharing my hub. It is a pleasure to met someone who appreciates the Chickadees, they are such a cute and friendly little bird. - Kudos!

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      Demas W Jasper 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      For many years after moving to Utah I saw no chickadees and missed them. I had seen one (or more?) fleetingly more recently and just the other day one landed on an apricot branch and sang me his dee-dee-dee song staring me in the eyes. What a treat! Our Maine bird feeder hosted their visits all year long, and, if I am not mistaken, the chickadee in Maine's State Bird. If you have missed out on aviannovice's bird photos from Stillwater, OK, I invite you to pay her a visit soonest. Sharing with my family (Sister in Maine, daughter in NH, son in AK, son in CA, son in IA, and daughter in UT, and they will surely share with my 17 grandchildren.) Thanks too for commenting on my five diet keys Hub.

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      Susie Lehto 13 months ago from Minnesota

      I think you have, Sandy, and I thank you for visiting because I love the contact with a long time online friend. Thank you!

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      Sandy Mertens 14 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Think I have read and comment on all your hubs. Nice to re-read this one.

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      Susie Lehto 17 months ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, Peg. I love the back shot close-up view of that bird, it turned out great. - Kudos!

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      Peggy Woods 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Enjoyed seeing your wonderful photos once again. Pinning and sharing with HP followers. That back shot of the chickadee is so detailed!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Suzanne, I have to take the time to write more haiku. I like that point you made about feeling like spring. That rang a bell. - Kudos!

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Cute little haikus with alliteration! I love it. Keep the bird haikus flowing as they're so easy to read and sound like spring ;)

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you so much for being a blessing to the HubPages' community. I do appreciate the love. - Kudos!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O how cute is that....nestled up in your hand and waited for a bit before taking off.

      Love the birdies....my yard is so full of them ....

      Voted u++++ shared g+ tweeted

      Angels are heading your way this evening ps

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Shyron, thank you for the nice compliment on the haiku and photos.

      Blessings!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Susie, I love your pictures, and your Haikus, I have not yet mastered the Haiku, but someday soon.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Au fait, I am so glad you told me about the Yellow Chickadees, I didn't know about them. They are so cute. We do not have them here.

      For sure each creature does have its own personality, that is amazing to think about. -- Kudos!

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      We have the yellow chickadees here in Texas. Maybe the ones like you have too, but I haven't identified them here. When I was where I could feed the birds I used to have a feeder full of thistle seed just for the chickadees. They were a haughty bunch and seemed not to realize they weren't that big when they thought other birds were infringing on their territory. They would take after any other bird regardless of how much bigger the other bird was.

      Regarding personality, having grown up on a farm I know that all animals have their own personalities and dispositions. No two are exactly alike anymore than humans are all exactly or even nearly the same.

      Great photos and very much enjoyed reading this.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Linda, I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos and haiku.

      Thank you for coming by. - Kudos!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Beautiful photos and awesome haiku! I am envious of birds...their freedom to travel and the ability to fly leaves me in awe! :)

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you, Sandy. Glad you enjoyed the photos and hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I just love seeing these amazing photos of these birds. Nice hub too.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Marlene, I appreciate your nice comment.

      Thank you!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Your photos are always awesome. I enjoyed reading your haiku. It gave me a warm chuckle.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Peach, thanks to you for coming on by.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this reminds me of ABBA song, chickadee, i thought it was a snack name

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Patrica, thank you for such a lovely comment. Wow!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      How sweet that the little bird gave permission for images to be used. This hub is filled with much food for thought....It will be one I will bookmark and return to so that I can read and reread.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Whitney, Chickadees are very sweet little birds to have around. I look forward to seeing them each day. - Thanks for visiting.

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      Whitney Rose Wood 2 years ago

      Adorable haiku. I did not know that chickadee's were also so adorable! The photography is magical.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thelma, I love the responses to the permission to use photos.

      Thank you very much for the nice compliment.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      It´s good that you have asked the birds permission for taking the photos. Maybe that´s why they look so beautiful. Awesome birds and haiku. Well done.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Peggy, we maybe see a couple of Cardinals all year, they just do not stick around like the Chickadees do.

      Thank you for visiting!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Nadine, I like feeding the birds during the winter months. They sure do know who loves them. Lots of birds around here.

      Thank you!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love how you treated this subject and even got the bird's permission to use its photo. :)) Your description of a "bird in the hand" was described and illustrated nicely. Up votes! I love watching all the birds. Was greeted early this morning by a male cardinal using our birdbath.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Mary, I might get some kind of sticky designs to put on the back door window where the birds fly into the window the most. Maybe they will be able to see it that way. - Thank you for visiting!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I love to see the sunbirds through our office window, and sometimes we see a cape robin. Nice post.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We do have to rescue some, too, in our cottage who fly into our windows but I have not taken pictures of them at that state. Chickadees are our favourites and wake us up every morning. I wish I can do a haiku, too.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Sheila, we just have to take those photo opportunities when we get them. Keep the camera close and there will always be photos to be taken.

      Thank you m'dear.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hubby and I have to rescue chickadees and several other kinds of birds from time to time when they fly into our windows. I usually take a few pictures of them at this time too. Great pictures you have taken!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Nell, I appreciate your visit and thanks for the comment too.

      Blessings to you!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for visiting and reading the haiku, @junecampbell

      Have a great day!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      lol! me too, I love the bird giving permission! glad that you caught it okay, and what a beautiful bird, and cool haiku too!

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      June Campbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I like Haiku and I like chickadees.We had them around our farm home when I was a kid. We used to feed them suet in the wintertime. I love their song.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I'm glad you caught that, @Blackspaniel1

      Thank you for visiting.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      I like the wit of having the bird give permission to take and use its pictures.