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Carolina Chickadees

There are a lot of chickadees in the United States.  In my limited experience, the Black-Capped Chickadees are everywhere.  Here is a very scruffy looking Black-Capped Chickadee from last spring.

This is a Chestnut-Backed Chickadee.  I think you can see why they have that name.  They’re pretty easy to identify.  This picture was taken in California.

During my trip to the east coast, I saw a Carolina Chickadee.  They look the same as the Black-Capped Chickadees.

It’s only with DNA evidence that they have confirmed a difference.  So the Carolina Chickadees may not look interesting, but at least it was another lifer.

Their song is different, though.  Black-Capped Chickadees really do go “chick-a-dee-dee-dee.”  The Carolina Chickadees don’t.

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