Last week (June 4, 2012) we had a nice rainy morning, so I spent a couple of hours on my covered patio watching the rain and watching the birds come in to my feeders for a rainy morning snack. Here are a few pics of what I think is a Carolina Chickadee.
I say “think” because I discovered that the Carolina Chickadee and Black-capped Chickadee are quite similar in appearance. As best I can tell, this little bird doesn’t have any buff on the underside that help to differentiate the Black-capped Chickadee and is lacking any white on its wing. But (to me) the tail is longer like the Black-capped Chickadee.
I’m a fairly novice birdwatcher so my ability to identify bird species with great certainty is limited, particularly when two species have many similarities.
Based on the songs I hear generally (not on this specific day), I’d like to say there are Black-capped Chickadees in my yard, as well, because the calls and songs more closely resemble the Black-capped Chickadee. That said, I’m in the Birmingham, Ala. area, which is apparently not in the traditional range of the Black-capped Chickadee, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.