Chestnut-backed Chickadees

Chestnut-backed Chickadees

The time has come to officially meet your neighbors: the birds. For many folks, both birders and people who are new to birding, watching the birds just outside our doors brings joy during hard times.


Chestnut-backed Chickadee

This handsome chickadee can only be found along the west coast and in the Pacific Northwest. While they do love dark dense forests (we have many at the Bird Alliance of Oregon Wildlife Sanctuary), they can also be found in the suburbs and in greenspaces in Portland.


Fun fact:

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee uses quite a bit of fur in its nest building, from species like coyote, rabbit, and deer.


At first glance:

You may just notice a few birds in your yard or neighborhood. But spend a little more time, and you’ll start to recognize repeat visitors and witness extraordinary behaviors like territorial fights, courting and mating, elaborate bird songs, foraging, and nest building. Our world may feel routine or mundane at time, but theirs rushes forward during the most exciting time of year — spring migration and baby bird season. You couldn’t ask for a better live performance right outside your home.


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