Thursday, March 13, 2008

Boreal Chickadee - Newfane/Wardsboro

A Boreal Chickadee has been visiting bird feeders at a home on the Newfane/Wardsboro town line regularly this winter. It comes with a flock of Black-capped Chickadees, usually several times a day. I was able to visit the home owners this morning. After waiting about ten minutes, the Boreal Chickadee made several visits to the suet feeder and a couple of quick trips to the seed feeder.

Boreal Chickadee is resident in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and at higher elevations in the White Mountains. It is rarely reported as far south as Windham County. The last report that I know of was during Christmas Count week (3rd week in December) in 2000 when a Boreal Chickadee made a very brief visit to a feeder in Brattleboro.

Feeder birds have been erratic this winter. Some people report many birds, other few birds. Located in pine/spruce woods, the feeders at this home were active with Red- & White-breasted Nuthatches, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, and a Blue Jay - plus the Boreal Chickadee.

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