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>Chickadee Love Song

| birds, matting, Song
3 Mar 2011


Black-capped Chickadees in the Columbia Valley 
have already been heard singing their love song

Most everyone can identify the bird that sings a rapid, nasal Chickadee-dee-dee. It is the call the Chickadee uses to challenge intruder or to express alarm and it can be heard anytime during the year. However in April, which is the beginning of the courtship season, the Chickadee adds a less familiar tune to its vocabulary. It sings a sweet two-toned whistle of two or three notes, the first being higher and longer than the last one or two. This “love song” sounds like feee-bee or if you listen closer to lunchtime it sounds more like cheezzee-burger. The song can be heard from now until the early part of the nesting season. It is a delightful ditty, which means spring is here.

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