Most of the time, chickadees don’t sit still for a portrait session like this one. But when I encountered this tiny chestnut-backed chickadee the other day, I was surprised at the cooperation, or perhaps he was simply just curious about me!
Chickadees visit in small to medium size flocks. They are a gregarious bunch, chattering continuously and hopping from branch to branch gobbling up insects, and of course they love the sunflower seeds, nuts and suet from the feeders.
They sport a blackish cap and throat, with white stripes below the eyes from the beak past their shoulders.
The chest is greyish and the sides and back are a warm chestnut brown color.
As I carefully and slowly approached this chickadee, he kept chirping at me as if to ask if I had captured him looking his best. I think I did, don’t you? 😉
Chickadees are one of the most common birds visiting our backyard. We can hear them chirp and call all day long. The chestnut-backed chickadee lives in forests up and down the west coast and in the nearby mountain ranges. We see them throughout the year, but there definitely aren’t as many of them here during the summer months. I believe they move to higher elevations during the hotter parts of the year.
Suddenly, he turned away, stretched his wings, he took off into the woods.