One day while kayaking with a friend, I saw something I never imagined to see. A Chestnut-backed Chickadee with its wind stuck in a spider’s web. There were actually many of these thick spiderwebs around, and several chickadees, but only one that I saw with its wing enmeshed in a web. I took some photographs from my kayak before beaching on the shore to try and free the poor thing, but it was a ways back in some very thick trees.
I searched for a way in, an approach, but before I could find one it freed itself. It had been stuck there in the web for at least a few minutes however, straining against those gossamer strands.
It was a cold, gray day. The light was dim. There was no real reason for me to head out and explore, except that I knew there might be something out there that I had never seen before (that and it always feels good to be moving around outdoors). Little did I imagine that it would be something so macabre.
I’d seen specials about spiders in other parts of the world that actually have captured and eaten birds. That sounded so remote and far away though, reserved for those “exotic” locals. It didn’t seem a part of my normal world, although I don’t think that these spiders (they were rather tiny) were really equipped to eat prey such as this small feathered flyer. It seemed that in such a case, letting nature take its course would have been the tragedy, since if it hadn’t escaped, it might have been doomed to a slow death of thirst (unless some enterprising predator came along… perhaps it does all balance out).