Chickadee-dee-dee – Black-capped Chickadees
Limited Edition of 200, 26″ x 20″ – $150.00
Chickadees are busy birds flitting from branch to branch searching for food. They are agile acrobats often hanging upside down or perched on vertical stems. Their most notable characteristics are their black caps, white cheeks, and black throats. All these marks point in toward the beak. Males and females are essentially identical in appearance, and the young have the same pattern.
Chickadees are distributed throughout North America from Alaska, much of Canada, south to the Carolinas, and from the Pacific to the Atlantic. While in Europe recently; however, black-capped chickadees were observed collecting insects on a birch tree just outside the patio window. They, too, sang their familiar “chickadee-dee-dee” tune. This performance is familiar to North Americans, but to experience it in the French Riviera was a warm, friendly reminder of home.
In the composition, “Chickadee-dee-dee”, the chickadees’ constant motion and acrobatic skills are depicted. In cold weather, they feed in flocks mostly from tree branches and bushes eating grubs, seeds and fruits. Pussy willows, which grow in clumps, are a favorite haunt for chickadees. The tree has narrow leaves and flowers in spring attracting insects. For chickadees such a habitat provides a menu of insects and seeds.