Montana Outdoors

November 10, 2009

“Hi, my friend!”

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature — Tags: — montucky @ 8:24 pm

It took over a year for us to tie this three-note greeting to it’s maker, and we’ve loved this little bird every since. The Chickadees bring cheer and optimism to us winter and summer and we hope the seeds that we keep always available help make their lives more cheerful too.

"Hi, my friend!"

Black-capped Chickadee


  1. One of my favorite birds! They are hardy little creatures. I enjoyed these photos…


    Comment by Maureen — November 10, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

    • They are at the top of my list. They are with us on even the coldest days of winter and are just as cheerful then as in the spring or summer. They are also quite unafraid.


      Comment by montucky — November 10, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

  2. Nice shots and good depth of field control. Perfectly focused.


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — November 10, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

    • Thanks Jeff. These little guys are a real challenge to photograph!


      Comment by montucky — November 10, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  3. Great shots of them… the lights contrasts so nice in their wings. I bet they love the seeds!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — November 10, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    • They do love the seeds, Stacey. Seems like all of the wildlife in the vicinity prefer sunflower seeds to everything else. The wild turkeys eat all they can reach and so I put some seeds up high under the shelter over our wood pile for the little birds and chipmunks. The Chickadees now are spiriting the seeds off to hiding places for winter use, making many, many trips every day.


      Comment by montucky — November 10, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

  4. I love to watch and listen to them at my feeders. They are so funny fussing at each other and the squirrels. I have a really large variety of birds coming to the feeders but they are one of my favorites. They are just so pretty.


    Comment by SuzieQ — November 11, 2009 @ 12:32 am

    • The variety that we have diminishes in winter, but these stay around and then nest here in March.


      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  5. It’s so pretty! How did you get so close up! I try this every winter, but they just fly off right away. I wonder what it’s like to hold one…? Will you go to my blog for a challenge? 🙂


    Comment by Deva — November 11, 2009 @ 3:59 am

    • They are so quick but bold! I’ve had some that nearly landed on my hat.

      I think your challenge is a good one, and I will think about what I will do.


      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

  6. I talk with them often throughout the year. Chick-a-dee-dee-dee!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 11, 2009 @ 9:47 am

  7. Lovely Chickadee shots!


    Comment by Anna Surface — November 11, 2009 @ 9:48 am

  8. chick a dee, chick a dee, chick a dee dee dee


    Comment by kcjewel — November 11, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

    • They must have a very good survival strategy: I think they thrive all over the country.


      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

      • i have heard more calls this fall than ever. it must be the year of the chickadee!!


        Comment by kcjewel — November 12, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

        • We seem to have more than usual here too, and I’ve been keeping plenty of sunflower seeds out for them to store for winter. We try to keep our place as friendly to them as possible.


          Comment by montucky — November 12, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

  9. He’s beautiful, you can see all the detail in his feathers, almost like you can reach out and touch him. Great shots.


    Comment by Candace — November 11, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

    • They are so quick, and dart in and out. Thanks goodness for digital!


      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  10. Chickadees are one of my favorite birds. They are so rambunctious and always seem like they are in good mood.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — November 12, 2009 @ 9:57 am

    • They are definitely my favorites. They never fail to lift my spirits.


      Comment by montucky — November 12, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

  11. Beautiful! Chickadees are the easiest birds to hand-feed. My daughter has several photos of them sitting on her hand feeding. She has done several computer paintings of them as well. See her work:

    Don’t stop there. Scroll down to see her index. She has a large gallery. Hope you enjoy. 😀


    Comment by pilgrim30 — December 23, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

    • Your daughter is very talented, Iona! I enjoyed seeing her work. Thanks for the link!


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

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