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Nov 28, 2007

If you have "a-dee!" in your name, you've got to be cute

You've never heard of 'Giraffe-a-dee" or "hipp-o-dee", but CHICK-A-DEE? Now we're TALKING! (er bokking!)

I can almost hear the plinkety plinkety of those eye capsules, and tiniest of feathers brosheing on my cheek. Ahnng.


Sender-Inner Sarah B. says her brother is an expert in not getting pecked too moishe.

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Oh, absolutely beautiful! What a lucky finger, to have a chickadeee on it.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 05:52 AM

furee birdee

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 05:58 AM

oh my effing goodness. i love chickadees!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:12 AM

A-well-a everybody's heard about the bird
B-b-b-bird, bird,bird,b-birds the word
A-well-a bird,bird bird,the bird is the word.
(Surfin bird,The Trashmen)

Hon Glad
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:18 AM

that's a freaking amazing picture. I wish that was my finger in the picture...

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:23 AM

CUTE BIR-DEE! I love it. I never thought a little bird could be as cute as this one is...oh my :)

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:24 AM

oooo... I get chick-a-dee-dee-dees at my birdfeeders.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:26 AM

Awww my little chickadee. I wish you would come sick on my finger.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:32 AM

Wheee! Looks like someone is bird banding! (http://www.ornithology.com/banding.html ) I got to do that in vertebrate bio in college, and boy was that a blast. Chick-a-dees are one of my favorite birds. Little balls of fluff in the cold snow around the feeder.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:33 AM


Those little guys are soooo easy to train to eat out of your hand. All you need is a bunch of them, a handful of shelled peanuts or sunflower seeds, and a bit of patience. We had one who would dive bomb us when we came out the back door, waiting for us to dig in our pockets for the handful of seeds we always carried around for him!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:34 AM

What a soft, sweet looking birdie!

I love the color scheme, too. Very J. Crew. :)

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:38 AM

As Teddy R. would say,

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:40 AM

Ohhhh! I love chickadee dee dees! When we moved from east coast to west, it made me so sad to learn that I'd longer have my beloved chickadees.

But black phoebes are cute too. It's some consolation.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:44 AM

Soooooo fluffy!

Space Cowgirl
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:45 AM

I read somewhere (Ranger Rick Magazine in the 80's?) that they will hang upside-down on tree branches for no reason other than "It's fun!"

Lady Chroe
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 06:58 AM

Awww! I've always loved chickadees. My sister and I used to call them chicken-dees. :) SO cute.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:07 AM

I bet if you popped him in your mouf, he'd *poof*, just like those peppermints do! Know what I mean?!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:11 AM

as my dad said to me once when i was casual about spotting a chickadee, "JUST a chickadee??? that's like saying, 'JUST a diamond!'"

sometimes at my parents' house in maine, we'll open the window and hold seeds in our hands next to the bird feeder, and these little guys will come and land on us to eat. they're so light!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:12 AM

chickadees are the best!! amazing, resilient little creatures. and so cute too!!

chicka dee dee dee

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:16 AM

If there are chickadees around and you make squeaky noises with your mouth, sometimes one will fly over and "talk" back to you.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:25 AM

Memories! My family nickname is Dee Dee and when I was a little girl and a chickadee was singing my grandfather had me convinced it was calling for me!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:30 AM

Oh, Oh, I have a D in my name does that mean I'm cute? :)

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:34 AM

another adorable little birdie is the carolina wren. their shape cracks me up!! so cute!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:46 AM

The black-capped Chickadee is the state bird of Masschusetts, where I live. Also the state bird of Maine. They are the cutest birds ever. Even cuter than budgies.

How do they keep warm in winter? They wear down jackets.

little gator
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 07:46 AM

I have been a birdwatcher for a few years and never knew that Chickadees were so tame! I'm soooo going to try hand-feeding them! Such an adorable picture!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:08 AM

I just got the sudden urge to go have lunch at Chick-Fil-A... not sure why.

Too Late
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:20 AM

My long lost cousin! He's almost as cute as me!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:22 AM

We have the carolina wrens at our house in the summer and they kind of pop pop pop along the ground and are pretty friendly also.

In February there is the Great Backyard Bird Count!


The day of the count ended up being a snow day for work, and I got to sit by the picture window and count all day - I had a blast!! I highly recommend joining if you can!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:25 AM

jen, *love* the Carolina wrens. They're not just cute but also quite chatty. The ones in our neighborhood usually say something like "teacher teacher teacher" or "cheeseburger cheeseburger cheeseburger."

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:26 AM

thats just adorable

ashley hayes
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:36 AM

I live in the West coast, and I have never seen a chickadee in person. Now I am sad. :-(

That has got to be one of the cutest birdees I have ever seen!

Silent Meow
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:36 AM

It looks more furry than feathery!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:38 AM

Meg is definitely psychic-- my kitties were watching chickadees outside, and I found I nice big chickadee pick to put on my desktop. I am in a chickadee mood!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:45 AM

PS: RE Chickadees-- how can you make up cute nicknames for an animal that has already has a cute nickname for a name? ;)

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:46 AM

Fluff a Dee!!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:53 AM

can you imagine a hippo-dee sitting on your finger?

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:54 AM

Fluff a Dee!!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 08:59 AM

i love dees.
I'm changing my name to Buck-A-Dee!!!!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 09:02 AM

I used to take groups of little girls out hiking in the winter (in Ontario Canada) and we'd stop where they'd put sunflower seeds on their hats and in both mitts. The we'd stand still and the girls would get swarmed by dozens of little 'dees! Very very cute!!!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 09:04 AM

Being in the middle of a 'dee flock must be like being the nucleus of an atom. They're all BING! ZOOM! ZAP! ZIP! all around you.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 09:10 AM

OMG. It's like a lint ball with eyes! What insane fluffitude!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 09:31 AM

Fluff a Dee!!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 09:54 AM

Sigh! How I miss my East Coast birds! Chickadees and Cardinals. We don't have 'em out here in Seattle.

I want to dip this little guy in powder and dust myself with him!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 10:12 AM

For those who live on the coast: You won't find the black-capped chickadees there. They don't like the heavy humidity of the climate near the sea. You will see chestnut-backed chickadees, though. And if you set out a tray of black oil sunflower seeds and some shelled raw peanuts, they'll find you! They don't sit and feed. They swoop in, grab, and fly...they stash food like squirrels do.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 10:13 AM

the eye to head - beak to eye to head size ratio is fabulous!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Carolina Wren 'tocks! So cute!

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 10:22 AM

The Chickadee is like: Whah?

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 10:39 AM

Leslie Evans,
I live in Bellingham, not terribly far from Seattle.

I feel your pain. :-(

I bet if you dipped him in powder, he'd start sneezing really cute tiny little sneezes. lol

Enjoying the rain we have today? I've heard it's supposed to turn into snow soon.

Silent Meow
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 10:46 AM

aww. wee burd.

 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 10:51 AM

Silent Meow,
Sorry you are missing out. The chickadee is named for the sound they make:
"CHICK uh dee dee".
The chickadee's song gets varied far more than the human ear can hear. They have very sophisticated communication system that has been discovered in recent years. We can't hear the difference except as to the number of "dees" they add on to the end when calling their flock to mob a predator. To hear animal and bird calls, check the great links at:


Patty P
 |  Nov 28, 2007 at 10:51 AM

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