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|After driving more than 800 km, few days ago searching North for winter birds finally I found one: The Boreal Chickadee at Burk's Falls.|
Boreal Chickadees look similar to Black-capped Chickadees, but have brownish-gray caps, less white on their cheeks, and smaller black throat-patches than Black-cappeds. Their sides are deep buff, and their backs are gray-brown. Males, females, and juveniles share the same plumage.
Boreal Chickadees are specialists of the far-northern or high-altitude boreal spruce-fir forest. They use both young and mature forests, especially stands dominated by Engleman Spruce at elevations of 5,500 feet and above.
During the breeding season Boreal Chickadees are territorial, but will join mixed-species flocks in winter. They forage by hopping on twigs and branches and gleaning the surfaces, probing into bark crevices, and occasionally hovering in front of branches. They often hang upside-down to get at the undersides of branches, cones, and needles. These chickadees store food in the fall and retrieve it later in winter, which may allow them to be resident at high altitudes and latitudes. This species has a reputation among birdwatchers as an elusive bird, as its range is remote and it is not as likely to call as often as other chickadees. Boreal Chickadees also forage more within the thick foliage than the other North American chickadees, and this makes them difficult to see.
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Another fine bird capture. I don't think I have seen a boreal chicadee on this site before. This one is really nicely done. 800 km hey! I can't wait to see what else you found.
Lovely colours and composition and very good sharpness.
Happy New Year, Pambos