Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Carolina Chickadee ~ World Bird Wednesday

Carolina Chickadees are certainly in the top 10 of my Cute Birds List. This little rounded bundle of energy is a regular year-round visitor at the black-oil sunflower seed feeders and suet feeders. They are always in a good mood when it is too hot or bitter cold. Their song (which can have variations) "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" is where they got their name.

This songbird likes Fast Food since they will quickly grab a seed and go to a limb to crack it open. You won't see them dining in a feeder like say a Northern Cardinal. They are perhaps one of the tamest birds around as they can be trained to take seeds from your hand! 

There are 7 different types of Chickadees (Family name Paridae) listed in my National Geographic Field Guide To The Birds of North America. The Black-capped is the common one of the Northeast and Midwest and much like the Carolina that we have here in the Southeast. Others include: Mexican in the Southwest; Mountain in the Rocky Mountains; Chestnut-backed in the Northwest; Boreal across the Far North; Gray-headed of the Northwest Yukon and is called the Siberian Tit in the Old World.

Since the sexes look alike and they both are vocal it is impossible to tell if this Carolina Chickadee is a he or a she.....

....or this one.

Here's to the little chickadee;
the sexes are alike, you see.
It's hard to tell the she from he;
but he can tell . . . and so can she!

Harold Wilson (Wisconsin bird bander)

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Peace,Health,Wealth,and Love to ALL!



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