Friday, December 31, 2010

Black-Capped Chickadees of the Vermilon River. A Post to Camera Critters





These photos were taken along the abandoned RR track on the east side of the river, where someone had built about 5 or 6 rough feeders in a sheltered, secluded area. I just sat down in the snow and took some photos including those of the nuthatches which I posted earlier. The birds were out in swarms which was wonderful.

Now some facts about chickadees which absolutely amaze me:
1) Chickadees can remember for at least 28 days where they hide their food.
2) They drop their temperature at night by 10-12 degrees C. below daytime temperature to conserve energy.
3) They feed their young 6-14 times per hour.
4) They have an established hierarchy based on aggressiveness.
5)They have 15 different calls to communicate with their flock.

Who ever made up the word birdbrained ? I know people who can't do any of the above including look after their kids.

The data is from Who's Who in The Hinterland.

A Post to Camera Critters.

22 comments:

  1. I love chickadees. I never realized how much I love them until I moved to Alberta 10 years ago. Now I know why. Smart little fellas, aren't they?
    Lovely photos.
    Happy 2011.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

    ReplyDelete
  2. To Kay: I didn't know they were such Einsteins either.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It always amazes me that these little creatures seem to thrive in the cold. You shared some interesting facts.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Those are some amazing facts about chickadees. I just wish it was easier to tell the Black Capped from the Carolina....I think that I have both, but not sure.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love those chickadees..........nice shots. Happy New Year, Boomer and Gary.

    ReplyDelete
  6. They are adorable little things, and it sounds like they're very smart too. Birdbrained? I guess we better come up with another term.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I had to chuckle over your bird facts & humans,we could learn a lesson or 2 from our natural world.
    I love chickadees,they always seem like they are so happy little birds,happy new year to you & Boomer,phylliso

    ReplyDelete
  8. Absolutely perfect photography!!!

    My Camera Critters today is "Cat's Play". Hope you can find time to visit with me.

    Happy New Year.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Happy New Year Gary. My best wishes to you and Boom for 2011
    Kind regards
    Andrew

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks Andrew for the wishes.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Hootin'Anni: Thanks for the wishes and comments.

    ReplyDelete
  12. To Phylliso: Thanks for the wishes, and comments.

    ReplyDelete
  13. To alwaysbcmom.com: Dumb they're not. Have a good New Year.

    ReplyDelete
  14. To IGW: Thanks for your comments.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Mary: Thanks for the visit and comments.

    ReplyDelete
  16. To MarthaZ: Droping your temp- Nature's really something.

    ReplyDelete
  17. So precious! Wonderful captures! =)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks and same to you, Springman.

    ReplyDelete
  19. That is a version of the english for the Coal Tit, a lot of things that it does is quite a doubling act.

    ReplyDelete
  20. To Bob: I've noticed the similarity to the UK Coal Tit.

    ReplyDelete