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"Ready for the Dive" Black-Capped Chickadee Crouched And Looking Down at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary 07Jan2010

"Okay, dive time. One. Two. Thr..."

 

The black-capped chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) have begun to sing their territorial calls, "Tea-time, tea-time." And I have witnessed some lively battles between birds. They can get quite caught up in the spats, twittering rapidly, and performing some amazing aerial acrobatics among the branches and trunks of the trees. Apparently an early hint of spring.

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Taken on January 7, 2010