Two species of chickadees at feeder

Bruce Moorhead bruceb at
Tue Apr 11 10:30:37 PDT 2000

We live in the northern foothills of the Olympic Mts. at about 900 ft.
elev. in mixed conifer-pasture habitat. Until the other day I've never
noticed anything but Chestnut-Backed Chickadees at our feeder. On 4/10/00
at ca. 6pm I noticed 2 Black-Capped Chickadees in the shrubs & low trees
adjoining the feeder, & then saw one of them go to the feeder. Shortly
thereafter, I sensed a small commotion and noticed the "resident" CB
Chickadees apparently chasing the BCs. I assume others obs. these
conspecifics together near feeders in the region--do they interact
similarly? Curious to know your experiences.

Bruce Moorhead
Port Angeles, WA
(bruceb at

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