Oct. 20th, 2009

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On my walk home from lunch today, I saw a couple of black-capped chickadees tussling near the sidewalk. They fell to the ground and wriggled; they seemed to be stuck to each other. They stopped moving. Hmm.

I came up close and I could see them breathing -- it looked pained, but then, everything is fast on chickadee scales. They were belly-to-belly, head-to-tail. One chickadee had its claws in a death grip on the other's wing. Were they hurt? Should I separate them? Touching them with my hands could be bad for them and for me. I took a twig and tried to gently move them apart, but no dice.

I thought, well, maybe Animal Control has some idea. I spent a while listening to an unhelpful recorded message, keeping my eye on the birds. Suddenly, in a flurry, they separated and flew to a nearby rooftop, as if everything were normal.

I have no idea what that was about.

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