A Chickadee in the Apple Tree

This gallery contains 3 photos. Considerably outnumbered by the Black-Capped Chickadees, I have only ever managed to photograph a handful of the “rarer”, and more reclusive Chestnut-Backed Chickadees in a few spots in Metro Vancouver … and mostly at home! I am lucky to see any Chestnut-Backed Chickadees in the fall, and 2 or 3 in spring and summer. Photographed on June 11.

Young Chestnut-Backed Chickadee in the Old Apple Tree

This chick (as shown by its yellow and black bill) exhibits the YASJ behaviour that’s quite typical for young birds: it refuses to back down or fly away from my lens (one of its parents is also nearby, and accompanies it on these “outings”).

Young Chestnut-Backed Chickadee in the Old Apple Tree

There is just enough of a break in the leaves of the old apple tree for the sun to paint a halo of light on its crown. How appropriate, as these truly were “heavenly” moments … especially since they have (once again) made themselves scarce once the third week of June rolled by! 🙂 As my subject kept to the branches and leaves, an external, camera-mounted flashgun with diffuser was used to even out the shadows and highlights.

Young Chestnut-Backed Chickadee in the Old Apple Tree

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21 thoughts on “A Chickadee in the Apple Tree

  1. Aren’t they handsome! Gorgeous photos. We have another species of chickadee here – the North Carolina chickadee – they look like our other common species but are quite tiny. I have both at our feeder.

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    • you’re so lucky, Noelle!! the Carolina chickadees look like the Black-Capped Chickadees, the little rascals who live in our backyard all year round (except when they have babies — they tend to disappear for a while!) 😀

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      • They are cute little fellows. We also have red bellied woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, cardinals, purple finches, gold finches, nuthatches (regular and brown backed), Carolina wrens, towhees, pine siskins, and a whole raft of others (bluebirds live in the back of our the house in a house we put up for them – they are shy). We have a colorful population.

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      • wow! you have an eclectic mix! I would love to see Bluebirds, but they are extremely rare in Vancouver.

        I’ve only had an American Goldfinch, a couple of Wilson’s Warblers, Eurasian Collared Doves, and Red Crossbills, pop in once or twice (even a Wilson’s Snipe one winter when the local waters froze over!)

        We get Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers (the red-shafted and intergrade varieties), Spotted Towhees, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Northwestern Crows, European Starlings, Song Sparrows, Sooty Fox Sparrows, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Bushtits, Golden-Crowned Sparrows, White-Crowned Sparrows, House Sparrows, Pine Siskins, and House Finches on a somewhat regular basis.

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    • thank you, Takami! I’m so glad I had these opportunities to photograph the CBCHs close up — because they’ve gone back to being mysterious and seldom seen (like last year!) 🙂

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