For some reason is appears that we have an unusually large population of Black-capped Chickadees this year. I don't know if we had an unusually large hatch this year or if a food shortage farther north has triggered an irruption. I have spent a considerable amount of time in our local mountains & woodlands during the past two weeks and these tiny little birds appear to be everywhere.
Although I have been seeing them everywhere, I find I must fall back on our naturalized bird feeders for good detail shots. I find this shot interesting as it clearly shows how this Chickadee is grasping the sunflower seed.
A moment later the bird is using all of its strength to separate the nutritious kernel from the hull.
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