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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

April 26, 2012
10:10 PM

Post #9099525

Since the dees are nesting in our yard, I have more opportunities to catch up with them. Here are a few shots -- some taken at close range.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

April 26, 2012
10:28 PM

Post #9099533

Here are a few shots of the male bringing worms to nestlings in the box, and a shot of him leaving with a fecal sac. We often see this with bluebirds but the dees are so elusive and move so fast, this is the first time I have gotten a picture of them doing it. The last shot is of both in the crepe myrtle, where they love to hide.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

April 26, 2012
10:35 PM

Post #9099535

Here are a few close ups I got this afternoon while the male was waiting to get a meal worm. The blues are very possive about the meal worms and chase the smaller birds, particularly the Carolina wrens and the Dees. I love the expressions on some of these. I have a ton of these and will add more as I get time to sort through them.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 27, 2012
4:59 AM

Post #9099667

Love the pics Dave! The 3rd in the last post is precious! The Dee's have always been a top favorite of mine.

BTW, I'm almost positive you have Carolina Chickadees since that is what I have. The Black-capped Chickadees range doesn't begin until very northern NJ (above Princeton).
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

April 27, 2012
8:07 AM

Post #9099870

Thanks Pelle. Nice to have you and Resin to keep us straight. Except for Eastern Bluebirds I need all the help I can get. Can you correct the header, or does it matter. I will probably add more Dee pictures to this thread from time to time. I have nearly a thousand of them collected already and while they are nesting, they are very willing to pose for me.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 27, 2012
10:31 AM

Post #9100039

Hi Dave, I contacted admin for the title change.

Again great pics! These birds are so full of spunk and a delight to watch.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

April 27, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9100211

Chickadees are so friendly, they are one of my favorite too. Great thread Dave! I was thinking Carolina for your as well. It doesn't have the yellowish,brown on the flank that mine has. I saw my Black-capped in one of my nest box, this week. The box has been up for 3yrs, and it's the first time, I've seen them checking it out as often as they did. Hope they decide on it this time and make a little family.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 27, 2012
1:32 PM

Post #9100275

Awesome photos Dave!! I can see why you're taking so many photos of them. Each one shows such a difference pose with just a slight movement-well done.
GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2012
7:04 AM

Post #9101044

Fantastic pictures Dave. I love the expression on the face of the last shot in the waiting for meal worm set. Just beautiful pictures.

More, please.

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 1, 2012
2:27 PM

Post #9106022

Awesome photos of my very favorite bird, Dave!!

Carla
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

May 1, 2012
9:49 PM

Post #9106609

OK Here are a few from this afternoon

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 2, 2012
1:40 AM

Post #9106684

Wonderful shots Dave!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

May 2, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9107793

Awesome shots!
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

May 2, 2012
6:51 PM

Post #9107841

Thanks. They sure are available to me right now. Not sure when the babies will fledge. But I'm sure things will change when that happens.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9109947

Just got back to this thread. Dave, these are absolutely fantastic shots of a beautiful little bird. I stand in awe of these wonderful captures of this little bird.
clhart75
Charlotte, NC

May 11, 2012
6:53 AM

Post #9119608

Great shots! I have tons of Carolina Chickadees in my yard. I just love them. Two years ago when we in in a drought, my husband was outside watering the grass and a group of chickadees and a couple of robins were playing in the water spray. It was so much fun to watch. :)

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9120347

Dave, those "in flight" photos are worthy of publication! And, no, I'm not just saying that because Chickadees are my very favorite bird. :-)

Carla
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

May 14, 2012
9:17 AM

Post #9123295

Thanks Carla. The lag time on most cameras is such that it is usually by accident that you catch them in flight. It makes my day as well. These are a little more typical of everyday shots.

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

May 14, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9123567

I agree with Carla, the in-flight photos should be published. All of these photos are just spectacular Dave.

GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9124086

Wonderful Dave. Love these little birds.
2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

May 15, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #9125393

Here are a few more from this afternoon.

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2dCousinDave
Stafford County, VA

May 16, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #9126061

The chickadee babies that hatched and fledged in our yard are now following their parents to the feeder for meal worms. Very cute.

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GrannyGrunt
Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9126328

Oh my goodness Dave, these are so wonderful. Those babies are bottomless pits. In the last shot, it looks as though it is smoking a cigar.

Thanks for sharing these wonderful little birds with us.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #9126698

Enjoyed the feeding of the chicks, they are wonderful!
WinterGirl21
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 6b)

June 8, 2012
11:43 AM

Post #9157080

Fantastic photos Dave! Thanks for sharing.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

June 13, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #9163436

More awesome captures Dave. So clear and sharp-wow!

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