D50 Archives: Black-capped Chickadee

This week’s instalment features a species that I have been familiar with for over three decades, pretty much since I have started being interested in birds: The Black-capped Chickadee (en français: Mésange à tête noire | scientific name: Poecile atricapillus).

Although I like all of the chickadees I have seen throughout North America and Europe, this one holds a special place in my birding heart because it is not only quite beautiful in an understated way, but also quite spunky. And as a kid, I loved the fact that it would land in your hand, even if you didn’t have any peanuts to offer! Now this one came quite close to us even though we make a point of not feeding the birds, since it would seem that it is not very good for them.

Taken near Lost Lagoon in Vancouver, BC's Stanley Park

Taken near Lost Lagoon in Vancouver, BC’s Stanley Park

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