Saturday, November 27, 2010

Camera Critters: Chickadee


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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11 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Very nice shots of the Chickadee! They're so fun to have around.

Ruth said...

Excellent shots of a bird that usually does not sit still for very long.
Blessings,Ruth

Dominic Gendron said...

Great shot ofd a little bird i like very much ;)

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shots!

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eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots of the Black Capped Chickadee. I have been hoping to see one stray my way. I usually see the Carolina chickadee here.

Peg said...

North of you in New Brunswick, it has been colder of late and already a base of snow on the ground so perhaps they are heading for "warmer" climes.

Joe said...

Love the Chickadees. I've spent many an hour in a tree stand watching them.

Larry D said...

Great shots, I haven't seen as many Chickadees here yet but its been warm.

Nancy said...

Visiting you from Joe's blog. Just got a Nikon D90 and am getting somewhat addicted to photoblogs these days. :) Very impressed with these photos of the little chickadee. Gives me something to work towards, for sure.

Elaine said...

Excellent shots of the chickadees. I always enjoy watching them shelling a sunflower seed.

Rambling Woods said...

I have the usual number here but I've read that there are going to be number of different species coming down from Canada...irruption as you say..pine siskins and someMichelle other ones due to some food shortages or a very good breeding year...those siskins really take a toll on the thistle feeders....