I really don't know what is up with my posting today. I had a wonderful post all planned with cookies and crochet, but instead I am caught up in this happening. On the page where I write out the info it shows that my photo is fractured and yet when I check on the preview page it comes through right as rain. Kinda weird, but then this is not the only strange happening today. It gets weirder......I got up and left the dogs out, the usual routine for the morning, and I always glance at the bird feeders.
I like to check on how full they are, I like to see the variety of winter birds feeding. Now you are going to think I am going stark raving mad, I don't blame you cause I was thinking the same thing. I looked and then blinked several times, I glanced away thinking I was surely not seeing clearly, it was some kind of illusion, my eyes playing tricks on me. This feeder was full all but for about 3 inches from the top, and in that top area was a little bird, a chickadee fluttering and jumping against the inside plastic, trying to get out, trapped!!!!! Now how on this earth was that possible, there was bird seed up both sides, the only opening is in the bottom of the inner circle and as the birds feed the seed will continue to come to the bottom opening from gravity pulling it down. There is no way a bird could possibly get inside, let alone be sitting inside in the top, on top of the mound of seed. There are 2 black perches on either side of that inner bottom opening and the cap on the top where you fill it is snapped shut. Somehow that bird got inside at the bottom and lord only knows how it worked it's way to the top of the birdseed inside. I have to think of how it managed, because it reminds me of the grain elevator accidents where people have fallen into the grain silos and like in quicksand they sink down only to suffocate and die. I was in a panic to get it out of there. In my haste I forgot my camera, no one will believe this I was saying, heck I don't think I would believe it either if someone claimed this to have happened. I took the feeder down and opened the filler cap on top. The bird was so confused and still didn't get out. When I laid the feeder on its' side the bird got its wits back and came out and flew away. Maybe now I should never fill it completely full, just in case this happens again. Had the feeder been filled to the top the bird would be dead, buried in the seed. I have no clue how long it was in there but had I left in the dark of morning to go babysit my grandson I would not have found it till the next day. On those days I come home as it is getting dark as well. It surely would not have survived. I just hope it doesn't happen again. If it does, I may have to get rid of this feeder. My object is to keep them alive, not to provide a place that they get trapped and die. My brother Mike is a nature lover, he feeds the birds as well. When I tell him about this he won't believe it.