Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Charismatic Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus)

One thing I have gained from guiding over the years is much greater appreciation for our native Newfoundland species. That is one of the great things about guiding, you never really get complacent about your 'common' local species, because you are always aware of how special they are to your visitors.

One species, we as Newfoundlanders, tend to take for granted is Boreal Chickadee. While it is quite similar to the much more widespread Black-capped Chickadee, there is just something about it. Maybe it's their insistance to fend for themselves, and not rely on bird feeders; maybe it's their hoarse voice. For whatever reason, they are a species that has always captured my heart and it's easy to see why it's such a sought after species for visiting birders, from more southern locales.

I'll leave you with several photos. Stay tuned for upcoming blogs, where I will continue to showcase some of our native Boreal species and will include some interesting identification tidbits as well!

Thanks for reading!

Boreal Chickadee, while birding in Newfoundland

Boreal Chickadee, winter birding in Newfounldand
While perhaps not the best photo, I like how this capture the spirit of the Boreal Chickadee, unfazed by winters icy grip!

Winter birding in newfoundland, Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee photography, Newfoundland
One of my favourite photos of the species that I've captured. This pose really ups the 'cute' factor!

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