After pondering for weeks what had become of our little birds they suddenly appeared in numbers today, picking berries and splashing about in the bird bath.
The boreal chickadee, pictured above, is the shyest of the three. I was surprised to see them in the company of the other two species who are much bossier.
The photos are not as clear as I would have liked as I took them through the kitchen window. (I would have washed it had I known we were having company.)
The juncos spent most of their time between the bird bath and drying off in the lilac bush.
Not-yet-ripe saskatoons went to the black-capped chickadees. Such antics as they tackled the berries. No pies for us this summer.
Once the juncos departed the bird bath the normally shy boreals moved right in. They certainly enjoyed the dip.
Black caps and juncos are familiar to many but boreals much less so. They truly are a bird of the boreal forest and are found mostly in Canada’s northern woods. You can learn more about this secretive little bird here, including a recording of its voice — described as a black-capped chickadee with a cold. 🙂
Black-capped chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Boreal chickadee Poecile hudsonicus
Junco Junco hyemalis