Carolina Chickadee, Poecile carolinensis
|The Carolina Chickadee is virtually indistinguishable by sight from its close cousin, the Black-capped Chickadee,
but their range only overlaps in a few places. One of these,
however, is southwestern Virginia, where I photographed the bird shown above. I
was able to identify it as a Carolina from its distinctive four-note
song, clearly different from the simple "fee-bee" of the Black-capped.
My second brush with this bird came in April 2015, on the edge of Appalachia in
southeastern Ohio, where the only chickadee expected is the Carolina. Above,
carrying nesting material; below, singing while surrounded by redbud blossoms.