Another little sweetie, a Carolina Chickadee, was spotted two days ago in one of the large Live Oak trees in my yard. I seldom get to see any chickadees here in my yards.
Carolina Chickadees are really active and quick birds that flit around leaf to leaf, hunting for the small insects that they enjoy eating. I especially appreciate all the birds that are insect hunters here in my yards as they help keep mosquitos and flies under control. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This male Northern Cardinal was flying between the shrubbery and the thickly leafed Magnolia Tree where I took its picture. The little Black-capped Chickadee was trying to find a tasty bite up in the Live Oak in my front yard. My front yard is very shady as I have two large Oaks and a medium-sized Magnolia. On that humid cloudy day the birds were hiding in deep shady leaves. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. I took these pictures on August 6, 2014 in my yard and also across the street near a rainfall retention basin. Enjoy!
Titmice, Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, and Carolina Chickadees were all spotted in the trees and around the yards along my street in the last few days It appears that some of these birds may be molting (seasonally shedding and regrowing feathers).
It has been a while since I have seen so many songbirds here. The acorns are now dropping from the Oaks, so maybe the food supply of acorns and related insects is more plentiful than was earlier in the Summer here. Perhaps, too, the resident hawk has not been around as often. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Blue Jays, Chickadees, Robins, Warblers, Mockingbirds, Wrens, and Woodpeckers all were seen flitting, stalking, perching, feeding, and pecking in my neighborhood gardens trees and lawns yesterday, Jan. 26, 2014. It was a banner day for bird watching here.
I think I spotted twelve different types of birds! What fun! Here are some of the pictures I took. I hope you enjoy seeing them. Some of these birds are migrant visitors here for the Winter. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker
Eastern Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadees are precious little birds! A few are here with the other smaller songbirds that have been arriving in the last two weeks. These grey, buff and black birds are super fast and flit around a lot. They are hard to photograph because they don’t stay perched in one spot for very long. The neighbor here has a bird feeder that has been delighting the Chickadees. This feeder is under a covered porch also shaded by the huge Oaks.
The Chickadees have been flying from the large Live Oak trees along the street behind us, to feast at the bird feeder. These birds love seeds, small pieces of nuts, fruits, berries and small insects and spiders. I am sure that I’ll be seeing more of these cuties in coming weeks here. It’s been very windy here and a bit cooler. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These Carolina Chickadees came to the bird feeder here yesterday in both the morning and afternoon. They were here with the Tufted Titmice, Northern Cardinals, House Finches, and Mourning Doves. I sure do think that they are cute! The Carolina Chickadee and its cousin the Black-capped Chickadee are so similar in looks, it is really hard to tell the two apart. The Carolina is ever-so-slightly larger and has a larger black bib on the upper chest and neck. Otherwise, they are the same.
The Carolina and Black-capped Chickadees eat insects, seeds, small fruits, and small pieces of nuts. They love to pull-out the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds out of the feeder and leave the Millet. Their call is a sound like their name that is repeated six or seven times and is soft-sounding. I took these snap-shots yesterday, Nov. 19, 2012 from my yard and have cropped them so you can see what the tiny birds look like in better detail. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger snap-shot. Enjoy!
A Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, and House Finch were among the birds that were out and about for a short time yesterday. The weather was grey and nearly cold. We had a short period of rain so the air was misty when I took these pictures in my yard. I also saw the Red-bellied Woodpecker and a flock of Mourning Doves but they were camera shy and fled before I could get the camera focused and snap their picture. Oh well. I took these pictures on November 6, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Female House Finch
Carolina Chickadees have been here for the last few days. Several of the little birds are coming to the bird feeder. These birds have not been here for months. These grey and black and light cream-colored birds are here flying around with the finches, the White-breasted Nuthatches and the sparrows.I took these pictures here at the house on July 25, 2012 and again on July 26, 2012. The Carolina Chickadees love eating Sunflower Seeds as well as the Millet Seeds.
According to the TN Wildlife Resources Agency information on this bird, one way to tell the difference between the Black Capped Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee, is that the Carolina has a song of four notes, while the Black Capped has a three note song. Interesting. There are slight differences between these birds. The Black Capped is a bit larger and has a less-defined black bib with more grey on its wing edges. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!
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!
A Carolina Chickadee came to the bird feeder yesterday morning here at the little farm. This bird was the first Carolina Chickadee I have seen here this year. I used to see a lot of the Carolina Chickadees where I just moved from at my lake home. That home was located in a heavily wooded neighborhood. My present neighborhood does have woodlands but also has a lot of cleared pasture lands. I am hoping to see more of the cute little Carolina Chickadees.
Carolina Chickadees are grey with a black head, white cheeks, white chest and a little area of black at the throat and upper chest (sometimes referred to as a “bib”). They eat berries, fruits, seeds, and many insects. Both the males and females look-alike. Young chickadees also look similar to the adults but of course are small. These birds tend to hang out with other small birds like the Tufted Titmice. They often sound like: “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee”. I so enjoyed seeing this perky bird yesterday. These pictures were taken from inside my living room through the window and porch railing. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!