Chickadee at the suet feeder

Today’s post is probably going to be a short post as it’s been one of those days. Today’s winner for the photography challenge is the Carolina chickadee.

I’m pretty sure that this is the Carolina chickadee since you can almost see the eyes as they’re edged on the bottom by white feathers and the top by black. If it were the black-capped chickadee the black is more pronounced on the head (there’s less white).

There can be interbreeding between the two different chickadees, and the hybrid chickadee can sing the songs of either parent.

In the winter chickadees might group into a larger flock, or the pair may just stay together and defend their territory. They may also “change” flocks from year to year if needed (if a nesting fails, the female might go looking for a new mate in a different area).