365 Nature – Day 346

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.

Yesterday afternoon our Ring doorbell motion detector rang and I assumed it was the mail. The Ring doorbell is a device that senses motion as well as a doorbell and if it detects movement, or if someone rings it, it starts to record video. Usually we use this to see who is at the door or talk to people at the door if we’re not home. The motion sensor rings many times each day either from the mail or other delivery, ourselves coming or going or large trucks like garbage trucks going by.

Yesterday though was a surprise. I heard the ringer and went to check the mail a few minutes later and was surprised there was no mail and no packages. I checked the recorded video and was surprised to find our first non-human to set it off. It was a Black-capped Chickadee who had landed on the doorbell and paused before flying off. We have a window feeder not far from the doorbell and I should be surprised birds have never set it off before. It was quite a funny discovery.

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