Punk Chickadee

I have never before posted a blog that was just a single photo with a short description, but when I saw the Dragonfly Woman’s most recent post Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: The Moth Says Hi the photograph imediately brought to mind this photo I took last March of a Chestnut-backed Chickadee and I decided it needed to be posted.

This is not my best photo of a chickadee from a technical standpoint, nor is it a particularly good photo to illustrate what this species look like (I normally do not like the head facing straight toward me), but it is still my favorite photo of this species. I think that it is the combination of the crazy tilt to the bird’s stance plus the wind-blown “punk” hairdo that makes this photo so appealing.



About annieandterry

This is a blog shared by two friends who have never met in person, Annie Pang and Terry Thormin. We both live on Vancouver Island, Annie in Victoria and Terry in Comox. All communication to date has been either by email or telephone. We are both passionate about nature and conservation and we are both nature photographers. Annie is also a very fine poet and was a concert violinist, while Terry worked as an entomologist for the Royal Alberta Museum until he retired in 2005. We hope you enjoy this joint effort to share our nature musings with anyone who is interested.

Posted on October 11, 2012, in Nature, Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Love it! So glad you decided to share it.

  2. Hey, Terry, that’s so funny! The chickadee is adorable. I needed a laugh this morning, and this pic did it!

  3. LOL! This is just too cute! 😀 Thanks for putting a big smile on my face.

  4. You are right ___________that is the most appealing chickadee I’ve ever seen ____ Thank you Terry–____I love him!

  5. Okay, it’s not maybe ready for a field guide, but it’s a fantastic shot! There’s personality to that little bird.

  6. Hi Folk’s: I live on Saltspring Island and I have not seen a Chickadee in a month or more. Also I have never seen more scruffy sick birds then this year? Anyone else?

    • The chickadees here in the Comox Valley all look healthy and population levels look normal. It might be that with a particularly dry summer this year that Salt Spring insect populations were hit particularly hard and the birds are suffering from this. Have you noticed any decline or health problems in other species?


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