Wednesday, January 2, 2013
This slim (90-page) book had slipped out of sight on my bookcase, but came to light recently when I re-arranged my books. The illustrations are wonderful and the text is engaging. I've learned much about the behaviors of chickadees from reading Susan Smith's excellent guide. She has also published scholarly works on the chickadee (a comprehensive book and scientific articles), but this easy-to-read overview is the best place to start. Many photographers contributed stunning close-ups of chickadees in action.
For this month's column I have written about chickadees. See A lifelong fondness for chickadees. Black-capped chickadees were frequent visitors to our yard in Danvers.