Montana Outdoors

April 13, 2011

Hi… my friend…

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:09 pm

Black-capped ChickadeeBlack-capped Chickadee, Parus atricapillus

At least that’s my take on its three note call, with the last two notes being a full tone lower than the first. It took a long time for me to match that call to the bird: its other call, the chickadee-dee-dee was of course easily recognizable.

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

January 6, 2008

Finally!

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 11:25 pm

Years ago my wife and I were completely captivated by the song of a small bird, and it took us over a year to identify the singer. We were familiar with the call of the Black-capped Chickadee, but didn’t realize they also had a haunting little song, completely different from their call.

I have grown to love these pretty little birds and they have become my all-time favorites. They are one of the few species that stay here through the winter and, especially in the spring and summer, absolutely haunt me with their three-note song.

I’m far from an expert at photographing birds anyway, and these little guys completely defeated my efforts at photographing them until today. They are quite friendly but they are so very quick in their comings and goings and just don’t sit still very long at any time. They love sunflower seeds, and I keep them well supplied throughout the winter. Today there were many of them coming and going for the seeds and I was finally able to convince them I was a part of our woodpile, which let me be close enough to at least try for photographs, and after many tries I finally caught one on camera! Here he is:

Black-capped Chickadee

This is not a good shot but it fascinates me because it illustrates the problem I’ve had photographing them:

Black-capped Chickadee

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