The Black-capped Chickadee is the fifth bird featured in this week’s bird extravaganza so that you, my loyal reader, can make an informed choice when you vote before May 10 in the 2014/2015 Vancouver City Bird contest.
There are many reasons this is one of North America’s favourite (or at least best-known) birds, including its great curiosity, its characteristic song and other calls and vivacious nature. The fact that it will often land in people’s outstretched hand even when there isn’t any food there does not hurt, of course.
But I particularly like this bird because they tend to be followed around by a great posse of birds wherever they go, including other chickadee species, nuthatches, woodpeckers, kinglets, creepers, warblers and vireos (to name only a few). I can only guess that their complex series of warning calls are considered the best in the forest!