20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Black Capped Chickadee's Look of Trust

I find these small Black capped Chickadees sweet and docile who come to our feeder in our backyard year around! I loved the straight forward trusting look I got from him while he was perched on the stand a few feet from where I was standing with my camera. Although they are fast moving birds this one stopped briefly to pose before flying to the feeder to eat suet and snatch a black oiled sunflower seed to carry with him to a nearby tree to crack open the shell. We have had some cold weather that included snow and frost a few days ago and I think this guy was really appreciating the the little warmth on a sunny October afternoon when the temperature rose to 57 degrees.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2022
Date Uploaded: 10.2022
Photo Location: Wi, United States of America
Camera: COOLPIX P900
Copyright: © Andrea Petersen