Black-capped Chickadee


When I hear chickadees, they make me smile.  They tell you who they are, you just have to find them in their hiding.

Chick-a-dee-dee-dee…..   The more ‘dee’ notes in a chickadee’s call, the higher the threat level being called.

The chickadees I’ve photographed before have been in the southeast U.S., and I’ve always ID’d them as Carolina Chickadees who primarily range there.

Although there are range crossovers, the Black-capped Chickadee’s range is primarily higher north in the U.S.  I’ve been able to see the difference in the wingbars to now be able to ID and say I’ve captured this new-to-me chickadee finally.

Welcome to my bird lifer list, #208 the Black-capped Chickadee!


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Black-capped Chickadee


How lucky I was this Black-capped Chickadee came out of hiding just long enough for a click click!


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Black-capped Chickadee



33 thoughts on “Black-capped Chickadee

  1. We have chickadees too. They love the birdfeeder. 😀 We see them less often this year though because of the loud Blue Jays coming by a lot. Nice Pics Donna❗️

  2. Looks like it is about to hammer at something in the second photo. Amazing how they wind up to peck at something. They have fooled me into thinking I hear a woodpecker lightly tapping. I always wondered how to differentiate between the Black-capped and the Carolina, so thank you for the mention of the wing bars.

  3. What a happy addition to your lifer list! They are just the cheeriest little things. I’m hoping we had some using the nest box like last year. Waiting for the nuthatches to move down in altitude soon now that it’s been cooling down.

    • Thank you, Gunta! Their calls can’t help but make you smile. Fingers crossed for next year! Yep, the air is getting cool and crisp. Have your trees started to turn color?

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