Monday, March 09, 2009

Boreal Chickadee in Sax-Zim

One bird that Deb an I REALLY wanted to see was the Boreal Chickadee. Last year at the festival I heard them and caught a quick glimpse but I wanted a good look to make it a lifer. Well, this year was the charm. Several times during Saturday's field trip we were told that the chances of a Boreal Chickadee were a sure thing. No Boreals. Finally at the last feeding station stop on Admiral Road, just a few moments after the trip leaders said it was time to move on, someone called out "Boreal Chickadee coming in." In he flew! It zoomed in and flew right into the deer rib-cage. I got many pictures of the chickadee butt barely sticking out of the bottom of the ribs. At one point it flew to a branch just a couple of feet from me. It was too close for my lens so all I could do was watch it with a happy grin!

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3/10/09
Note: I just finished entering my bird observations into E-bird and this Boreal Chickadee was my 200th life bird!!
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22 comments:

Diane said...

How very special, Lynne! ! I'm happy for you :)

Leedra said...

He sure is a pretty little thing. Great capture, glad you did get to see him.

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egretsnest said...

What a gorgeous bird. I really want to see one!

Kallen305 said...

Great pictures! I would love to see one.

possumlady said...

I usually think of chickadees as seed feeders but they do peck at my suet so I guess a deer carcass is welcome in these barren times before things start growing again.

Do they sound any different from our Carolina chickadees?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wonderful,I am pleased to see you had your wish fulfilled.The pictures are an added joy.
Blessings,Ruth

troutbirder said...

Some gals have all the luck!

Deb said...

Nice pictures! I'm so glad we didn't all pile into the bus and take off too early!

Patrick Belardo said...

Cool bird. I saw a few there in Minnesota in winter 2005. Not an easy bird to find. I love their nasal call. The closest they occur to NJ is the Adirondacks. I hope one wanders into NJ one day.

Montanagirl said...

The above photo is a keeper. Nice going!

Marsha said...

Gorgeous! I wish I could see one.

Kelly said...

Wow! Congrats on a 200th Life Bird!! ...and such a sweet little bird to commemorate it with! :-D

Linda in Erie said...

200th?!! Wow, that's amazing! You sure got some great photos of him. They are really pretty. I'll have to look up where they live so I can be on the look out if I ever get to one of those areas.

Red said...

What a cute little thing to be #200

Chickadees are so cute... wonder if I'll see a Boreal one day, guess I'll have to head north to do it.

Jayne said...

Cool, cool, cool!! So happy you got to see this lovely little one! :c)

Tina said...

A very nice capture, indeed! I had to look up boreal chickadee as I didn't know what it looked like..quite a difference to our black capped chicks! So much more yellow in its coloring..and still quite a cutie!!
Congrats on your 200 life bird!! wow. ..he must have known how imp it was for you to see him..not only as a lifer but to be your 200th ;-)

Ruth said...

What a cute little bird. Congratulations on your lifer...you are dozens of birds ahead of me!

Mary said...

It great to see a lifer but to get the perfect snapshot is way cool.

Congrats, Linne.

Hey - I see it's 23 and snowing...sorry.

May

Mary C said...

Way to go, Lynne! And 200 lifers, wow! I've never bothered to count -- maybe I should, but it won't be anywhere near that number!

Eve said...

Congrats Lynne! I'm glad you got to get the BC before you headed out. You are really having fun with this!

Chad said...

Congrats on #200!

Larry said...

I keep hearing how Boreal Chckadees are easy to see but I've been up to the boreal zone in NH for the last 3 years and have missed them all three years! Good for you!