Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crops & Clips:Chickadee

My weekly potpourri gathered from the archives features...chickadees!

CRITTER: Chickadees

I find it dangerously easy to overdose on chickadee photos. It is not always a simple task to get them to sit still in the wild. They come in several "flavors." These are Black-capped Chickadees, common over the northern US, photographed near our second home in Illinois.

October 21, 2014:

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Black-capped Chickadee

Although I've seen them, I have no photos yet of the similar Carolina Chickadee. This one in Illinois looked very pale white on its sides and seemed to be smaller, but this is north of the range of the Carolina Chickadee. It is a Black-capped Chickadee, I must assume.

May 4, 2011, Batavia, Illinois:

 Black-capped  Chickadee 20110504

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee is a beautiful representative of this genus that I saw in the Redwood Forests of coastal California, but that was before I had a camera. 

Here's a Mountain Chickadee, common in the Pinyon-Juniper woods near our former home in the mountains of New Mexico. November 12, 2011, Sandia Crest, New Mexico:

Mountain Chickadee 20111112

Boreal Chickadee, Soldotna, Alaska, June 21, 2011:

Chickadee 20110621

Here is a soggy specimen, same day, same place:

Boreal Chickadee 20110621

There are also Mexican and Gray-headed Chickadee species, respectively too far south and north for me to hope to see them!

Linking to Misty's  CAMERA CRITTERS,

Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,
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FENCE: Black-capped Chickadees coming down off the fence in our daughter's back yard, Batavia Illinois, February 18, 2013:

Black-capped Chickadees 20130218

Linking to GOOD FENCES by Tex (Theresa). 

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SKYWATCH: Sunrise over the large lake in our subdivision.

December 13, 2014:

Sunrise over Sunset Lakes HDR COREL 20141213

Linking to SKYWATCH FRIDAY by Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy

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REFLECTION: Couldn't find any chickadee reflections, but this relative, a Black-crested Titmouse, is trying hard to see his face.

November 22, 2013, Palo Duro Canyon , Texas

Black-crested Titmouse 2-20131102

Linking to WEEKEND REFLECTIONS by James

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Please visit the links to all these memes to see some excellent photos on display

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16 comments:

  1. Wonderful captures of the chickadees! And a gorgeous sky shot! Enjoy your Thursday!

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  2. Hi Kenneth Another wonderful post. The sky shots is stunning, love the movement in the fence shot, and the shot with the reflection. The shots with these small birds are difficult to take and you of course managed it so well

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  3. adorable little guys throughout! thanks for the fence scene, too!

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  4. I love the first one from Batavia, it looks so nicely plushy :))
    And that fence picture is just great, job well done! :))
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  5. love your images of the chickadee's. they are one of my favorites. beautiful sky photo.

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  6. The chickadees are so cute. I love to watch them as well.

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  7. Spectacular sunrise captured here.

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  8. Gorgeous sky shot and such sweet photos of the chickadee.

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  9. Hello Ken, stopping back to say thank you for sharing your post with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

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  10. Beautiful bird. Nice clarity in the shots.

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  11. Excellent serie ! In terms of the reflection, I'm not sure which one I prefer, between your gorgeous last pic of this sweet little guy, and the sunset on the see, so magical with those flamed colors...

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  12. Delightful series of photos ~ love the chickadees!

    Happy Holidays to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  13. I always liked the chickadees. They're cheerful feeder birds.
    ~

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  14. Love the chickadees and that sunset is beautiful...

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  15. I love the sunrise over the lake. The colours are amazing. The birds are cute too.

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