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Old Nov 20, 2005, 11:13 AM   #1
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Found these boreal chickadees in the mountains yesterday. Usually I see them on the ground and in the shade, which make them difficult to photograph because they blend in so well. Finally caught them in a tree with some decent light.

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Old Nov 20, 2005, 11:14 AM   #3
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Old Nov 20, 2005, 11:52 AM   #4
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Hi Jim - New bird for me - And adorable. Great introduction, wonderful shots...

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Old Nov 20, 2005, 1:06 PM   #5
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Clear and sharp, nice job on the colors of the bird.
Did you figure out what this guy was feeding on...looks like a grub?
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Old Nov 20, 2005, 3:22 PM   #6
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I've tried several times to see this bird, but the closes I've come is once and I only heard it. Their soft, ligher head is very interesting... I see so many of the black-capped that it really looks like a chickadee that is starting to go gray. An "Elder Statesman" chickadee perhaps?

Lovely shots, I don't know which I like more.

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Beautiful shots of a bird I've never seen before. Very nice.
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Old Nov 20, 2005, 10:28 PM   #8
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Thanks for the compliments. These boreal chickadees tend to live further north and don't venture too far into the US. I'm lucky that they live close to me in the foothills of the rocky mountains. I usually find them with mountain chickadees.

Kem - I'm not sure what the bird is eating. I've attached a shotI posted earlier with a mountain chickadee eating something similar. Do you see any of the chestnut-backed chickadees in your area?

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I love the first one... and the mountain chickadee. Great composition on both! We just have Carolina Chickadees here. Although, if I did get a Black-capped Chickadee, I'd never know it as the only difference in the two are their song.
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