22 thoughts on “Little Spring Chickadee”

  1. I’m not a spring chicken either, my little chickadee. 🙂 They are our state (Massachusetts) bird and quite populous in our yard. Yours has a stronger yellow than I normally see on ours. Lovely shot, Lynette.

    1. Thank you very much. I’m no spring chicken either! The chickadees are so cute and friendly. This little one came right up, hopeful of some food. I don’t know how they survive with the weather and all the ravens trying to eat them!

      1. Maybe by sheer numbers they survive, or speed. Chickadees here are fairly accepting of humans and we can attract them to our fingers through a practice all “pishing” They respond to the sound and come hoping for seeds. Sometimes they’ll even come to you and land on your hat if you have some seeds up there. (that isn’t me, btw)

        1. I have the chickadees further south behave that way a lot, but the ones here are usually a bit more cautious. This little one wasn’t. You could be right that they survive on sheer numbers, but they can hide from the ravens very easily and are more dexterous fliers, too. Great chickadee post!

  2. We had a real black capped chickadee experience in Bunchberry yesterday. They were doing flybys and landings on our gear to have a look at us. Such a friendly curious little bird. Happy Friday Lynette. Allan

    1. Aren’t they lovely? They do want to know what’s going on. I hate seeing them chased by the ravens but their size allows them to hide pretty well so that the ravens can’t reach them.
      I just found your comment in my spam folder – sorry for the late response.

    1. I think they take a terrible toll on the smaller birds and the animals, too. We don’t have crows; at least, I’ve never seen any, but so many ravens. It could be that the crows couldn’t compete and the ravens chased them off. The ravens here are enormous.

    1. The chickadee population seems to be stable; it’s the ravens that really go after them. I’ve seen them be really smart about hiding in brambles and other places where the ravens can’t reach them, though. They are so cute! Sorry to hear that your marsh tit numbers are declining; that’s happening so often.

      1. It’s a bit of a strange story with our marsh tits. Their decline might well be due people putting out too much bird food, which disproportionately benefits blue and great tits – natural competitors with the marsh tit. The willow tit, another shy species, is on the edge of extinction, possibly for similar reasons.

        1. Thanks for explaining. I never would have thought about that but of course it makes perfect sense. Putting out bird seed seems so harmless (I used to have feeders but don’t any more).

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