Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Feisty, is the word that has been used (overused) for this little fellow. If you hear scolding in the woods as you are taking your winter walk, but it is a gentle hissy fit or shushing and not the toothy angry snarling of a squirrel, then it is most likely this bird, dressed like a fancy butler or footman but even more formal in his black cap, dressed like maybe a French poet? It does look like "he" is wearing an unbuttoned gray waistcoat, does it not?
I have photos of him hanging upside down from branches covered in berries in the early fall and he stays around through the winter to brighten my bird bath and feeders. Because I live where Black-Capped Chickadees and Carolina Chickadees overlap in range, I am not expert enough to identify the one in the photo above. I have read that he can be trained to feed from the hand, which if the weather were a little warmer, I would attempt.
One of his songs is labeled as "Hey, Sweetie," in the spring(?). Other calls can be heard at this link.