Tag Archives: Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Winter Birding

February is usually cloudy and damp in the Portland area, making it hard for me to get too motivated to venture out. But there is always something to see, like this lovely Lincoln’s Sparrow. This Cedar Waxwing was flycatching over … Continue reading

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In the Bleak Midwinter

In honor of the winter solstice, in a month that brought Portland 7″ of rain, here are a few dark grainy images from recent weeks. Orange-crowned Warbler Anna’s Hummingbird Dark-eyed Junco Here is a nice comparison of American (foreground) and … Continue reading

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Chickadee Trifecta

I had three species of chickadees attending my feeder recently. The Black-capped Chickadees are year-round residents and visit every day. Chestnut-backed Chickadees appear occasionally, most often in winter, although I have been seeing them more often in recent months. The … Continue reading

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Random Images

I haven’t been out much lately, a situation I hope to remedy this week. In the meantime, here are a few images from around home. Many of the local songbirds are undergoing an extensive molt, leaving them looking very bedraggled. … Continue reading

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee

A pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees has been lingering in the yard this week.  They will soon leave for the summer, as this species prefers large conifers and higher elevation, unlike the more suburban Black-capped Chickadees. While the Chestnut-backs readily take … Continue reading

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Pittock Mansion 4-21-11

The grounds around Pittock Mansion in northwest Portland are a favorite spot for spring migrants. Most people visit this park to tour the ostentatious limestone house, but birders prefer the brushy hillsides and the woods around the parking lot. Since … Continue reading

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Mt. Hood National Forest

I spent a day exploring part of Mt. Hood National Forest along Forest Service Road 58 (Birding Oregon p. 75). A hot day in July is not the best time to find lots of birds, since singing has greatly diminished … Continue reading

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee

The chickadees are starting to excavate their nest cavities. This Chestnut-backed Chickadee was working on a dead snag right along the trail at Nestucca Bay NWR. Even though the birds choose soft dead wood on which to work, it seems … Continue reading

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Into the Woods

I did a little birding in Portland’s Forest Park yesterday. I live on an ash swale, so it is nice to get out into an actual coniferous forest, the type of habitat that the Pacific Northwest is known for. Among … Continue reading

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