Winter residents: Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees

Black-capped Perched - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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A Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) watches one of the bird feeders from a perch in the boughs of one of the evergreens in the backyard.  The Chickadees are particularly curious and when I’m out on the deck photographing they flyby to see what’s going on.  Following the storm, the next day was beautiful and the birds flew in close when I went outside for a little while.  While the lone Grosbeak was aloof, the smaller birds were chattering nearby and landing in the branches a few feet away.

Flitting in the trees - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Here a Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) flits around in the same tree scavenging for edible bits.  Note the white stripe above the eye that distinguishes them from their Black-capped cousins.

Tricky snacking - 2013 © Christopher Martin

While the little birds are still finding seeds and other things to eat in the forest, winter is at the doorstep so I returned our bird feeders to service a few days before the snow flew.  I wanted to let the resident Nuthatches and Chickadees return to the winter feeding pattern before the weather threw them a winter curveball.  Within a day there were a couple of birds who found the feeders and by the storm we were happy to see much of the congregation flying around the backyard again.


7 responses

  1. Black-capped chickadees are one of my favorites! I love hearing them round my neighborhood in Chicago.

    April 22, 2018 at 10:31 am

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  5. This is “now” at your place ? Br-r-r, lots of white stuff. Fantastic shots, bright and fast shutter! What were your settings,by the way?

    October 31, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  6. Thanks for these beautiful photos of one of my favourite birds definitely the most cheerful.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

  7. Gorgeous photos.

    October 30, 2013 at 8:53 am

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