Thursday, May 19, 2011
Brookshire Dr. Birding - 17 May 2011
I dropped Robin off at Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and headed off to Panera, only stopping long enough to watch a thoroughly-soaked Brown Thrasher forage in the grass next to the car.
So, how does one separate Carolina from Black-capped Chickadee? Range, mostly. The Carolina Chickadee replaces BCC's in the south, although there is some overlap and hybridization in some cases. More subtle clues include smaller head and duller gray overall for Carolina Chickadee. If you look at the bird above you'll notice the lack of any white along the edges of the scapulars. On a Black-capped Chickadee there is significantly more white on the scapulars and on the primaries.