Black-capped Chickadee

Poecile atricapillus

Seen year-round at Salter Grove
Frequent visitor to neighborhood feeders
Related to Tufted Titmouse
Plumage typically black, white and gray
But then, there's a leucistic form!
A graceful acrobat
Both male and female excavate but only the female will build the nest
Female collecting pappus from cat-tail to line the nest
Clutch size from 1 to 13 eggs so this was a small brood!
To fledge or not to fledge
I just fledged
Fledgling getting fed
Feeding birch catkin to fledgling
Fledgling nearing adult size still being fed
Juvenile with blurry version of adult plumage

Park visitors who have feeders should easily recognize this active bird.  Its distinctive plumage is by no means dull, but it is more often heard before it is seen at Salter Grove, even after leaves have fallen. 

During the breeding season, chickadees glean twigs and branches for insects and feeds mostly on caterpillars.  It isn't until winter that plant matter like seeds and berries becomes 50% of its diet.  It will also frequent bird feeders for beef suet and peanut butter, as well as to remove sunflower seeds to hide for consumption at a later date.

Outside the breeding season, it is often observed in mixed-species flocks consisting of Tufted Titmice and White-breasted Nuthatch.