The very first bird I learned to identify, as a young child, was the Black-Capped Chickadee. By the time I was 7, I was luring these precious little song birds down from the treetops with a handful of seed and a song in my heart - "chick-a-dee-dee-dee". A great example of hand feeding Chickadees is shown in this video:
Description - This small bird can be identified by its black cap and bib and white cheeks. The back is grey with white underparts; the wings are edged with white.
Distribution - The black-capped chickadee ranges throughout all of Canada and the United States. They inhabit deciduous and mixed forests and open woodlands, often wintering in suburban areas.
Biology - The black-capped chickadee feeds on insects, seeds and berries. They prepare their nest with grass, fur, plant down, feathers and moss in a hole in a rotten tree stump, a natural cavity or a bird box. This bird is constantly active, either hopping, clinging or hanging from tree branches.
To follow are but a few of the photographs I have taken of these little cuties over the last few months. They were taken either in my own backyard, or at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island, B.C.
The next time you hear a Chickadee call "chick-a-dee-dee-dee", take a few moments to answer.