These photos were taken on the abandoned RR track, trail on the east side of the river where some dedicated birder has built numerous feeders deep in a secluded part of the bush. These guys feed there extensively. You can sit there in the snow and they sweep by your ear and generally pose for you although you have to be fast to catch them. On my last Chickadee post I posted some facts about these fellow's adaption to the winter. I wasn't going to do it again but rather than send you off to search through the blog, I'll repeat them.
1) Chickadees can remember where they stash their food for at least 28 days. That's better than my memory.
2)They reduce their temperature by 10-12 degrees C. at night to conserve energy.
3) They have a hierarchy based on aggressiveness in their flocks.
4) They have 15 calls to communicate in the flock.
5) Flocks are normally 4-12 birds composed of mates with some juveniles thrown in.
For more information see: http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=29
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It is a beautiful Chickadees.ReplyDelete
Hi Bob; thanks for the great words.ReplyDelete
Love the chickadees. You're right about them being fast--I am still trying to be faster with the camera!ReplyDelete
They are cute and friendly, Hubby likes to tell of how one perched on his lip once.ReplyDelete
I need either a faster camera, or faster reflexe to get good pictures of these. Mostly I just sit and watch and listen to them sing.ReplyDelete
Hi EmptyNester, and they bob around when they're eating so you need a fast shutter speed.ReplyDelete
Hi MarthaZ, but fancy a hierarcy based on agressiveness. Boom & I had better watch ourselves.ReplyDelete
Hi VioletSky and it's a lot of fun to watch them.ReplyDelete
Thanks J Bar.ReplyDelete
Oh, yes, I remember reading that when you posted it before, but I had forgotten, so maybe now I'll remember. Wonderful memories they have, I wish I were that smart. And imagine their body temperatures dropping! Wow.ReplyDelete
I still love chickadees, they're so fat 'n sassy 'n cute!
Kay, Alberta, Canada
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Great series, Gary. They are darn quick little birds. Thanks for posted the facts. Learned something new! Wonder if these would apply to Carolina Chickadees as well?ReplyDelete
I love how they will come and eat out of your hand. But then you can't take a photo and feed them at the same time (I choose to feed them!)ReplyDelete
Enjoyed the photos and appreciate the link for extra infoReplyDelete
Always a favorite at my feeder. Great series Gary. The fifth one looks like it's napping :)ReplyDelete
what an adorable little cutie. thanks for the education.ReplyDelete
Chickadees always cheer me up in the winter. As soon as I step outside to fill the feeder in the morning, the chickadees have passed the news on to each other, and other birds too. Thanks for the interesting info - lots of things I didn't know, flock hierarchy for example. You also have some nice photos.ReplyDelete
Great post. I have often wondered how these small birds make it through a cold winter.ReplyDelete
Great shots and thanks for the info. I am getting a better camera and looking forward to taking bird shots!ReplyDelete
What a great post! I do love those little chickadees! They are so beautiful and your photos are terrific! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!ReplyDelete
What amazing birds. All your shots are just stunning!ReplyDelete
Wow, I see that they are a lot smarter than I am. Fact #2 is very interesting. I did not know that. Well, I knew nothing about them:)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing, Gary.
To KLD: Fat,sassy and smart, please!ReplyDelete
I don't know about the carolinas Jean maybe?ReplyDelete
To Lesley. They feed out of your hand, because the 200 lb boss chickadee is close by to keep them safe. Just kidding.ReplyDelete
Hi Joe from Lake Penage. The links just provide extra info on how amazing these guys are.ReplyDelete
To Karen. Maybe he is on the other post I said they feed their young a lot of times per hour. So maybe he is tired.ReplyDelete
Hi ewok;thanks for the visit.ReplyDelete
Hi Hilke. They sure are fun guys as well as entertaining.ReplyDelete
Thanks Al for the kind words.ReplyDelete
To WCML: Be careful photography is additive and there is no known cure.ReplyDelete
To Sylvia K. Thanks for your visit and have a grand week.ReplyDelete
To Ladyfi: I don't know about stunning!ReplyDelete
To Yoshi: Just think if you ever visit Canada, you'll be able to ID and discuss the wildlife.ReplyDelete