Steve’s Bird Of The Day #26.

Hi everyone and welcome back to our bird series! Today we have a bird not seen very often, the Boreal chickadee. A cousin of our black-capped chickadee but this one hides itself more in the deep Boreal forest right across the Boreal region of Canada, a few northern areas of northern states and into Alaska. These chickadees are brown instead of black and gray like the others and basically they say “chick-dee” in kind of a hoarse voice rather than saying their whole name like the others. These pics are from years ago before I really got into photography and are not very good quality, but I have not seen one in the last 3 years though there is some good habitat for them down towards the river. They are a beautiful chickadee and will come to feeders if you live in a wooded area with lots of spruce trees. It took me quite awhile to convince the more expert birders that I even had them coming to feeders so I just had to get pics to prove it, plus I even had them come to my hand for food. They ate fat and suet, but never ate sunflower seeds or other seeds like the black-capped chickadees. They also loved bread crumbs, but it had to be white bread, they wouldn’t eat any other kind.

Here is a Boreal chickadee on my hand.

I do hope you have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

36 Comments on “Steve’s Bird Of The Day #26.

  1. What a beautiful and incredibly cute bird! They have earned the right to be picky eaters. πŸ˜‚

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    • They really are beautiful and friendly little birds, so nice to have around.😁😺 Not sure why all birds that eat bread prefer white bread.πŸ€”

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      • Yes, I am sure they are even more beautiful up close. So nice….😁. Hmmmm, that is a puzzle on the bread. πŸ€”

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      • Yes indeed! I have even tried the deer with bread choices, with 3 kinds of bread they will take the white.😳 Yet it’s supposed to be the other varieties that are better for us.πŸ€”πŸ˜³ Now I wonder about that.πŸ€”πŸ™„

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      • That is truly a puzzle. πŸ€” I am researching it and nothing is coming up. It has a different taste, of course, but why they prefer one over the other. Oh well, we know the other types of bread are better for us.

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      • I’m beginning to doubt what we have been told, animals generally know right away what is good and what isn’t.πŸ€” I have even tried Muffin,😺 but she will only eat white bread,😻 in fact, she goes crazy over it!😸😻 But then, she is a little different.πŸ™„πŸ˜Ή

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      • Yes, it is like brown rice versus white rice. I did switch to brown rice years ago after my youngest brother started eating it as opposed to white to eat healthier . I felt better, but was it a placebo effect? Now, I am not really eating any rice due to COVID. Muffin knows…white bread 🍞 is better, more tasty and just as healthy! 😁

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      • Sometimes I wonder if there is any difference or if both are the same. I eat quite a bit of rice in winter because it’s hard to get good potatoes here in winter it seems. Then I read recently that white rice is better than brown, and after I finally got used to eating brown rice. Sigh.πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή

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      • I read that as well on the white rice. When my brother first started eating brown rice, I said I never would eat it regularly because it tasted funny. I then got use to it and when I would try white rice from time to time, I thought it tasted funny. I now prefer the taste of brown rice, that is before COVID hit me. We’ll see what happens next. Yes, sigh. πŸ™„πŸ˜‚

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      • I never had a problem with rice fortunately, that would have been hard, except that I couldn’t taste it for a long time afterward, but that was the same with all food. Some veggies, like corn and beans don’t taste right still, they just have an odd taste so I’m sticking to other veggies right now. I had a hard time drinking water for a while too, tasted terrible. Very strange.πŸ€”πŸ˜³πŸŸπŸŒ½πŸ₯•πŸŒ

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  2. Well, I am not first, but I beat Simon ! …such a beauty ! I have never seen one here…mind you, I don’t live in a place with lots of trees…still great that you were able to get those pica ! Sleep well ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜΄πŸ˜»

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    • Yes, you have to be in the Boreal forest region to see these birds, and in the country, they’re not a town bird. Yes, I’m happy to at least have these pics anyway. Have a good night!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸ“·

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  3. I still can’t get over how beautiful these little creatures are! They know who they can trust! You are a good soul, Steve! But before Muffin thinks she is chopped liver, I better stick to she is the best!😸 I do tend to love my feet! 😹😹😹

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    • Thank you so much Renee! These are very beautiful little birds, especially seen up close and real.😁 Oh, oh, now Muffin is going to put her crown back on today!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸ‘‘

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  4. Yes, it is strange. I use to eat brown rice nearly every day. It is not distasteful, but I do really desire it anymore. Very odd on the water situation with you. Hopefully, it will all go away soon. πŸ₯¬πŸ₯πŸ‹πŸ²πŸ™‚πŸŒž

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    • It is a strange thing and some things keep changing too and new things added, very odd. Some things are worse than others of course.😁😳

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      • It’s the lingering effects. There is still so much unknown about the virus. 😳 But there is Remedy for it!! Looking up and praying!! 😁

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      • Yes indeed, God can take care of it. And sometimes we have to go through things because it helps to strengthen us.πŸ™‚πŸ˜Ί

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  5. White bread is starchier than wheat bread and metabolizes into sugar faster than wheat bread. Those with blood sugar issues are better off avoiding white bread. Rice rice is mostly a source of empty calories with very little nutritional value where brown rice is whole grain and a good source of fiber. IMO, if you are basically healthy then eat what you want as long as it is in moderation. I don’t know why animals prefer white bread except maybe it has a sweeter taste. Our cat loves Sun Chips and has a fit when she hears the bag rattle.

    That is a very pretty bird and thank you for sharing. πŸ₯‘ πŸ₯’β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ₯ͺ🍞

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    • Thanks Eugenia! That is good to know. Also good rationale on why animals prefer white bread. Your cat has great taste! Sun Chips are amazing! 😁

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    • Thanks for that Eugenia! Now I know why they prefer the white bread, like you said, it metabolizes into sugar faster and that’s what the birds want, especially in winter, the sugar gives them energy and helps them stay warm, so the faster they get it, the better for them. A perfect help in our bitter cold. Much like suet that gives quick energy and warmth. Food like sunflower seeds also gives the same benefit, but is slower acting, but also lasts longer. So a combination works good for them. I’m not sure why Muffin likes it so much though, but maybe for the energy kick she gets.
      Thank you Eugenia! Have a great weekend!😁😸πŸ₯ͺπŸžπŸ§‡

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