Boreal Chickadee

Poecile hudsonicus Order: Passeriformes Family: Paridae (Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice)
Poecile hudsonicus Order: Passeriformes Family: Paridae (Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice)
Boreal Chickadee

This declining species isn’t closely related to the Black-capped Chickadee; its closest relative is the Chestnut-backed Chickadee of the Pacific Northwest. The chickadee-dee-dee call is quiet and wheezy, rather like a Black-capped Chickadee with a terminal disease, and it has no whistled song, but rather a complex variation on the chickadee-dee-dee.

For some reason, this species has an inordinate fondness for peanut butter. One appeared at my feeder for over a month in the winter of 1981-82, and several times after that over the years (one year I had three all winter!), but ALWAYS only to my peanut butter feeders.

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