Chestnut-backed Chickadee in Pine

Today was quite full, with nearly non-stop activities of various types from 8am until almost 10pm. While on a call late this morning, I noticed several chickadees foraging in the large shore pine tree (Pinus contorta) outside my house. Although I didn’t get a picture of it, I was interested to see a chickadee working on one of the cones, and as best I could tell, it was getting seeds out of it. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising, but I don’t know if I’ve noticed it before – I usually see them looking around for and gleaning insects off the needles or out of the epiphytes.

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