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Killdeer and Boreal Chickadee
The Killdeer is a mid-sized shore bird and quite skittish except when guarding its nest where it often uses the broken wing ploy to ward off interlopers. It is a early arriving and late leaving shorebird. I have seen them at the end of December, definitely not wise if survival is the plan.
The Boreal Chickadee is a year round non migrating member of the chickadee clan. It's raspy song is easily recognized but its locals are spotty since like all chickadees they tend to move around a lot. We had some visiting last winter, all winter, often in company with White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches.
I used a mirrorless camera for these photos, always a bad idea. The mirrorless technology has a long way to go to match DSLR cameras.
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