Me too Don! Chickadees are the sweetest of all birds. I used to think they were perfect angels but now I know even they can be aggressive, but I forgive them, after all they have to survive!
I now have a special place with a small electric space heater where I can watch the birds in a slightly more natural environment. This brainwave just popped into my head one day as I noticed the birds always flew from my deck to the trees near the barn. And I'm shooting north, which gives better lighting. Retirement has its advantages.
When this guy visits I quickly shift my focus from the chickadees and nuthatches, however.
BTW the Downys come and look me in the eye through the see through mirror and the other day a chickadee attacked it flying face first into it. For a second I thought I was going to have a chickadee bill imbedded in my forhead! The Downys also grab on to the observatory corner and tap away.
The photo doesn't include the cloth bellows that now helps to hide the lens as it protrudes hanging from the gimbal. Maybe these shots will encourage someone to do something similar - it's a lot of fun up there!!