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Old Thursday 29th April 2004, 02:30   #1
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For a friend... In Arkansas, 4 inches or so.
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Old Thursday 29th April 2004, 02:44   #2
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Hi Lzy,

To me it looks like a CAROLINA CHICKADEE entering a nest box with some food.
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I agree, Carolina Chickadee.
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Just for helping others, could someone explain why this isn't a Black-capped Chickadee.

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Range mostly. Here's a link to a good thread on distinguishing these two species:
Chickadees:
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=15076

Sorry, I couldn't get the hyperlink to work this AM. The post was from Lassa8 in April.


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Just for helping others, could someone explain why this isn't a Black-capped Chickadee.

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The Black-backed Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee are very similar. They do have specific geographic locations which is a key to determining their identity. Their calls are different. This, of course, is not very helpful when viewing a photo. However there are some other more helpful characteristics to look for when viewing a bird. The Carolina Chickadee is smaller; has a "neater, more defined bib" and the wing is more a uniform gray color. The Black-capped Chickadee shows some white edging in the wings. Usually the flanks are lighter on the Carolinas and "more brownish" and less extensive on the Black-cappeds. This bird photo from Arizona could be either one, I suppose. It just strikes me as resembling a Carolina more than a Black-capped. I believe what influenced me most was the uniform gray of the wings.

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