Black-capped Chickadee, the Massachusetts State Bird

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Wednesday was a beautiful day, and I actually shot these pictures OUTSIDE! Not through the window like the last hundred or so backyard pics! This chickadee was hungry enough to swoop past me to the feeder a few times, so I got some good close-ups.

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One more short hop and he'll reach the food.

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Whoa! He missed the target! Cool wing shot, though.

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I love the delicate reddish tints and the many rich shades of gray capped off (get it?)with jet black on brilliant white.

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Caught in mid landing!

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I think everyone loves chickadees. Surely everyone in Massachusetts does, anyway.

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I love all the onomatopoeia bird names (birds named after the sound they make), but the chickadee is by far the best one. It even sounds cute! I know I was really tiny when my mom taught me to recognize both the chickadee-dee-dee and the phoe-be sounds. I taught my kids to recognize both chickadee sounds when they were really young, too.

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I snapped this one as he grabbed the seed and started taking off. I didn't exactly freeze the action here, but personally I like the wings-in-motion look.


  1. The chickadee is my favorite bird. He's always around....always singing...always making me happy! Beautiful photos...

  2. Delightfully enchanting species with such an inquisitive nature. Lovely photo Susan. FAB.

  3. beautiful images of the chickadees - and the wren - stunning!

  4. Such an active beautiful bird. I particularly like the motion pictures.


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