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Boreal Chickadee
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Posted By: MikePerham, 03-15-2015, 09:36 PM

Just picked up a new Gitzo Mountaineer GT3542L tripod and wanted to try it out. This is the time of year we call "breakup" so not much subject matter. This Chickadee shot in my back yard perched in the bush adjacent to the bird feeder.


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QuoteOriginally posted by MikePerham Quote
Just picked up a new Gitzo Mountaineer GT3542L tripod and wanted to try it out. This is the time of year we call "breakup" so not much subject matter. This Chickadee shot in my back yard perched in the bush adjacent to the bird feeder.
I can see why you thought this was a Boreal Chickadee. The cap colour does have a brownish cast, but Boreal has a much paler brown head and its flanks are rust-coloured. It looks like post-processing is responsible for making the cap brownish, given the lack of detail on the cheek and the washed out flanks.

Here is a pic of a Boreal Chickadee.
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Mr. Perham's photo was taken in Canada and the bird depicted is a P. atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee)
I initially supposed it was a Poecile montana which is a "Mésange boréale" in french (the literral translation of Boreal Chickadee) but the Boreal Chickadee is Poecile hudsonicus ("Mésange à tête brune" in french). Weird common naming.

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Cool, different birds same name... one out west, one in the east. Who knew? I didn't know about the bird and definitely never have seen one, but it does remind me, I need some Boreal Chickadee images.


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He is a handsome bird whatever he is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Glorfindelrb Quote
This is a Poecile montana which is a "Mésange boréale" in french (the literral translation of Boreal Chickadee) but the Boreal Chickadee is Poecile hudsonicus ("Mésange à tête brune" in french). Weird common naming.
Mr. Perham's photo was taken in Canada and the bird depicted is a P. atricapillus (Black-capped Chickadee). Poecile montana (Willow Tit in English) occurs only in Europe and Asia. These species are two of several species of Poecile with black cap and black bib in North America, Europe and Asia (e.g., Mexican Chickadee P. sclateri, Sombre Tit P. lugubris, Carolina Chickadee P. carolinensis).

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Ok thanks for the correction. I don't know anything when it comes to American or Asian birds, should have check the location.
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