City Creek Nature Notes – Salt Lake City

September 21, 2016

September 11th

Filed under: Birds, Blacked-Headed Chickadee, Colors, Mountain Chickadee — canopus56 @ 1:12 am

Chickadee Return

7:30 p.m. I see the first flock six Mountain Chickadees in as many months. Mountain Chickadees are small birds with a grey back, white breast and black head. Mountain Chickadees are similar to and are distinguished from the Black Hooded Chickadee by a white eye patch stripe. The Black Hooded chickadee lacks this white stripe. Both species are year-round residents and typically spend the summer at the highest elevations. Today, it is cool in the lower canyon, and the Mountain Chickadees have descended to mile 0.5. They are a gregarious species that over-winters in the canyon. During the coldest part of the year from December to February, they are one of the canyon’s main attractions.

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