Black-Capped ChickadeeMarch 2007

The tiny black-capped chickadee is the soul of merriment. It's always a joy to see one, whether at the bird feeder:
Black-capped chickadee at feeder
  Or hanging upside-down on a branch.

The chickadee is equally deft wherever it's found.

Upside-down chickadee
  Irregardless of their small size, chickadees appear to survive the coldest of Pennsylvania winters. They must have superior metabolism and/or down.
Black-capped chickadee
  The family name of chickadees is Paridae, which is generic for "titmice." The British name for a chickadee is a "tit," so should any Americans ever listen to the Gilbert and Sullivan refrain "tit willow, tit willow" know that it is referring to a chickadee.

Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with the SMC-A 300mm lens for the first photo (Feb. 2006) and the SMC 1000mm reflex lens for the second two (Feb. 2007).

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