The Riverdale “Wilds”, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
July 25, 2010
Are these wee birds usually this scruffy this time of year?
From the canadianencyclopaedia.com:
Typical range of the Chickadee.
Chickadee (Paridae) is a family of birds comprising 53 species of true tits (titmice). Bushtits, formerly included in the Paridae, are now classified as family Aegithalidae. The common bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus), a very small, brownish grey bird with a stubby bill and long tail, occurs in southwestern BC.
Six species of chickadee breed in Canada. Black-capped and boreal chickadees (Parus atricapillus and P. hudsonicus) are widely distributed in Canada. The black-capped favours deciduous woods and gardens; the boreal is found in coniferous forests. Species with restricted ranges are the mountain, Siberian and chestnut-backed chickadees (P. gambeli, P. cinctus and P. rufescens respectively) and the tufted titmouse (P. bicolor). Chickadees are nonmigratory.
Chickadees are tiny, vocal birds of scrub and forest, with stout, conical bills. Most species have striking black and white head markings; some have a conspicuous crest.
Chickadees eat insects (especially caterpillars) and spiders in summer, and also seeds in winter. Chickadees often hang upside down to pick prey from undersides of leaves and twigs. Prey are held underfoot and hammered with the bill or beaten on branches. Chickadee groups often form a nucleus for mixed-species feeding flocks.
Chickadees nest in natural cavities in trees or stumps, raising one large brood (5-13 young) annually. Males feed their mates during courtship and incubation.
Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300mm
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