A Carolina Chickadee was flitting about in a tall Oak located along the end of the driveway here. This is an area that is pretty close to a fringe of woodlands and the small gulch that is near the dam of the pond here. Chickadees are quick, agile birds! They don’t spend a lot of time in one area unless resting. This behavior may be defensive in nature. They are active hunters and catch a lot of insects. The Carolina Chickadees also eat fruit, seeds, and small cracked pieces of nuts.
Carolina Chickadees have a black cap, grey back, white undersides and a strongly defined black bib under the chin. This is the beginning of nesting season in Cumberland County, TN for many songbirds and Chickadees are among those pairing up. The Chickadees nest in tree cavities. I have seen several such cavities in trees here. There are a lot of tall Oaks lining the street here, and many other small trees in the gulch area. It is always nice to see the Carolina Chickadees! I took these pictures here in the yard on March 20, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!