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Saturday, March 28, 2020

My Wild Neighbor: Black-capped chickadee

Yesterday I had such an excellent time getting to know some of my wild neighbors that I wasn't able to fit it all in one blog post. It would be overwhelming!

In fact, I felt a bit overwhelmed (in a good way) with Spot the American robin perched on the lawn in front of me while a pair of black-capped chickadees flitted about behind me, foraging in the branches of the maple trees that line the street. It seemed to me that they wanted their turn in the spotlight too; or at least, that they were curious about my presence.

There are a couple things I enjoy about our black-capped chickadees. First, they are full of energy and it seems, always on the move; communicating, exploring, and foraging. Second, as far as songbirds go, these little black, white, and gray fluff-balls are often the leaders of mixed species flocks; always curious and bold enough to be the first to investigate new locations and food items. For this reason, when I hear or catch sight of a chickadee, I'm always on the lookout for other species that may be keeping the chickadees company; sometimes nuthatches, finches, sparrows, warblers, and even woodpeckers have been known to follow chickadees through the woods (and into neighborhood backyards!).

Here is a photo as well as a short video of my wild neighbor, the black-capped chickadee:

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