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finally ate the caterpillar. It flew into
the nest entrance and stayed there for
more than 10 minutes, and I could
see the nestlings below. Then the
second parent arrived with another
green caterpillar that it fed to a
begging nestling.
Right on time, on June 8, 16
days after hatching, the chickadees
fledged, but both Dave and I missed
it. However, the black rat snake
never found them, much to our
relief, because we had gotten fond
of the plucky birds. Perhaps, by
building their nest close to the
porch, they had gained some measure
of protection from our constant
surveillance.
In the meantime, the twine story
developed another twist. On May
26, my husband Bruce and I sat on
the veranda in the afternoon and
watched a tufted titmouse fly in twice
and pull out a beak-full of twine
strands, the second time mixing it
with a little freshly cut grass. Titmice
also are cavity-nest builders and
titmouse females construct the nest,
but I had no idea where her nest was.
Still, I couldn't believe how popular
the twine was as nest-building
material.
More than three weeks later,
on June 19, as I sat on the veranda
reading in the early afternoon, a

female tufted titmouse flew in and
landed on a round white table. Then
she flew toward my face and over to
the rim of a white chair across from
me. Next she flew back to the table,
then to me where she landed on my
foot, which was propped on a stool,
and looked up at me. This titmouse
was trying even harder than the
chickadee had to get my attention.
She returned to the table, hopped
underneath it, and pecked a few
times on the cement floor beneath
her legs. It was then I realized that
she was "asking" me to move the two
containers of potting soil I had placed
in front of the covered bucket with
the treasured twine.
"Alright," I said to her. "I
understand what you want."
She flew off, and I moved the
larger containers so the twine would
be accessible. A couple minutes later,
the titmouse returned and spent
five minutes shredding the end of
the twine and filling her beak. She
looked over at me several times as if
to say thank you. At least that's how
I interpreted it. Then she chirped to
me as she flew away.
For the first time in my life, I felt
as if I had had actual communication
from a wild creature. To me it was a
transcendent experience I will never
forget.

Cover Photo by hal Korber
THE WOODCHUCK, also known as groundhog, is still a common
sight in many areas during the summer months. Hal caught this one
munching on clover in Perry County. Be sure to read Ben Moyer's
"Crossings" column for an interesting perspective on woodchuck
numbers in his area of the state.
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