There are certain things that bring joy to my heart, this is one of them. There is a place in Cambridge, a Conservation Area called F.W.R. Dixon, frequented by many nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts, where one can feed the chickadees, they will fly to your hand and take seeds from them. It is a wonderful feeling to have this tiny animal approach so closely, so trustingly, and return for more. The seeds that you see in my hand are sunflower seeds, the chickadees take one or more, fly off to a branch, place the seed between their legs, and crack open the seed to extract the edible portion inside. This time of year, they are not as hungry as mid-winter, when there is little food about, but there is still the opportunity to have a close encounter with nature.