[Tweeters] status of Black-capped Chickadee in the San Juan Islands

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Fri Mar 23 21:49:11 PDT 2012

Charles and Tweeters,

As far as I know, there are NO reliable records of Black-capped Chickadee on Vancouver Island, B.C.’s Gulf Islands, or the San Juan Islands.

“The Birds of Washington”, quoting Lewis & Sharpe, lists one record of Black-capped Chickadee from American Camp (Feb. 5, 1988), and four additional “unconfirmed” records from the San Juans. I don’t know what if any documentation there is for the American Camp record, but I would be very skeptical of anything less than a photo. Some of the claimed eBird records may be from visiting birders who didn’t know that Black-caps are not supposed to be there.

If someone has, or knows of, convincing documentation (photos or specimens) of Black-caps in the San Juans, I hope they will let us know, but the conventional wisdom is that they are absent from the San Juans.

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

contopus at telus.net

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Charles Swift
Sent: March-21-12 10:49 AM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] status of Black-capped Chickadee in the San Juan Islands

According to "Birding in the San Juan Islands" (Lewis and Sharpe, 1987) Black-capped Chickadees are rare in the San Juans. However looking at eBird I see quite a few records for Black-capped Chickadee in the San Juans, especially on San Juan Island. I realize this book may be out of date now and so was wondering if the Black-capped Chickadee's status has changed in the past 20 years. Increasing development on the island could possibly account for this if it is the case. I visit the island for several days every year in mid-March and have not noted them but I am usually concentrating on water birds in any case.

thanks much,


Charles Swift
Moscow, Idaho <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow,_Idaho>
46°43′54″ N, 116°59′50″ W
email: chaetura at gmail.com

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