Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Black-capped Chickadee Visitors





Black-capped Chickadee Visitors
On this gray, drizzly day, the only cheery notes are the songs of the Black-capped Chickadees, the provincial bird of New Brunswick.  They flit to the feeder, grab one black oil sunflower seed and fly, bouncing to a maple or spruce to hide in the thick branches and eat.
Fun to watch, their quick aerobatics to and from feeders mean I have to be quick to capture photos.   As I sit by the window on the lookout for them, I notice them investigating me; these enchanting chubby birds with black caps and bibs.
Black-capped Chickadees have white cheeks, soft grey backs, grey wings with white tips and grey tails.  Their whitish undersides with buff coloured sides give them a cuddly appearance.
New Brunswick isn’t the only place where Chickadees are found.  There are seven different varieties found in North American; five types live in Canada.  For more info, click on:   http://www.birds-of-north-america.net/chickadees.html
One legend says if a Chickadee flies into a tree and sings, chick-a-dee-dee-dee, someone is coming.   http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/TheThunderNationAndTheEagle-Unknown.html
I wonder who it will be.
Words and photos are ©copyright Carol Steel.  Text in red will take you to another website with additional information, if you click on it.

2 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

black capped chickadees look (and seem to behave) very like our coal tits, but aren't that closely related. Lovely birds.

Carol Steel 5050 said...

They are indeed similar. So much fun to watch.