We invite you to set out on an adventure of discovery on Lake Tahoe's North Side.
Chickadee Ridge awaits those willing to go where there are now signs, and the reward of breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe are matched by the child like enthusiasm that washes over you when the Chickadee come to eat.
The Journey was inspired, by others that have gone before us and left social media posts for us to follow. The instructions, a bit hazy on the details, sent us packing for an afternoon hike to the south west of Tahoe Meadows just above Incline Village. The clues left behind, mentioned no signs, great views of Lake Tahoe and bring the bird seed. So we went to discover.
Discovering the Chickadee Birds was exciting, as we had spent nearly 40 minutes on the ridge and started to wonder if this was Lake Tahoe's version of the snipe hunt... As we left the wide open views of Lake Tahoe and headed back into the hill and the trees, the birds just appeared. Taking the birdseed from my pocket and filling my palm it took about 30 seconds before the first bird dove in and landed on my hand. There little feet grabbing a finger or edge as they glided in for a landing and a quick snag of some seed.
First it is was one bird, then two and before I knew it they were landing and taking off from my hand in an almost poetic pace from all directions. Some stopped for a selfie others were quick hit types that grabbed and left so quick. But after a few minutes we actually started seeing double action as birds were sharing from the same hand.