I love watching chickadees! They are so pretty and seem to almost float during their undulating flight.
They are very tough little birds who stay in the north year-round, even through -45C (-49F). They shelter in small tree holes or other protected spots and live on their stored food supply. They are so amazing!
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Hi Lynette – I’m pretty sure these birds are in the northeast too. I wish I had a picture of one at my feeder to confirm. They are pretty little birds, arent they? Great pictures, too! 🙂
These are black-capped chickadees; they have a very extensive range that goes as far south as Northern California and way up into northern Alaska. They don’t live on the coastal islands, though. Agreed, they are very pretty; I love watching them!
Chickadees are such good entertainers. They are tougher than they look to withstand winter in the north.
Yes, they are very entertaining! Constantly chatting with one another, too, with their distinctive “chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee.” I could watch them for hours.
all this while chickadee means a bird
Their name imitates one of the sounds that they make. 🙂 Cheers.
Great respect for chickadees. Your photos are wonderful.
Thank you. 🙂 It’s so amazing how such a small, happy bird can also be subarctic and Arctic hardy!
An amazing bird, so curious that they will land on an open hand, if they think there is food there. We have not seen many on our recent walks, so they must be nesting right now. Happy Tuesday. Allan
I remember your terrific photos of them! Yes, this would be their nesting time, so any birds that you see are probably males gathering food for their egg-sitting mates.
We have the chestnut-backed chickadees here. Very similar. Cute little guys and friendly too.
Yes, they have a brown head and tan back, but otherwise look like their black-capped cousins. Their ranges overlap but the black-capped aren’t on any of the western coastal islands. Those areas belong exclusively to the chestnut chickadees. Yes, they are very friendly and I love how chatty they are with each other.
I’ve had them come sit on my finger as I hold birdseed out to them. It feels so wonderful – light and tickly.
They are so friendly and really trusting to come eat from your hand! Chickadees have great memories though, so they know it’s okay to come to you. Such a great experience!
It’s such a small thing, and yet it’s a big deal and a big thrill for me.
Exactly – I find those experiences thrilling too.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen those where I live. Very pretty and great photos.
Their range definitely covers your zone, but maybe they aren’t habituated to feeders in your area. All chickadees are omnivores, but some flocks have more of a taste for bugs and worms than for feeder seed. Cheers.
A very pretty wee bird. Super photos, too.
Thank you very much. 🙂 Yes, they are very tiny and delicate- looking, but also very tough! I love to watch them.
I just realized that today you’ll probably be up all night in the natural daylight – the longest day of the year. Will you be there with your camera, taking pictures of the sunset/sunrise?
No, I didn’t take any sunrise and sunset photos this year as I’m just too zonked from work and need to try to sleep. It has been very bright this year, though – lots of midnight sun! I’ll start heading to Penticton a week from today; looking forward to sitting outside with a book that I’m reading at the rate of about one sentence every 30 minutes. 🙂
It will be good to catch up on your sleep and then let go of some of the stress of work.
You said it. Definitely. 🙂
They’re very entertaining to watch . My sister and I had one follow us, bopping along the wooden fence, wanting a piece of bread haha 🤣🤣. There’s a park near us called Frances Slocum and they are active in that particular part of the park, especially in the winter
Yes, very cute, friendly little birds. They definitely look for snacks, too. For me, one of the best parts is listening to them socialising with each other! Thanks for stopping by to comment.