Sunbathing Lesson

This adult Black-capped Chickadee was either sunbathing or anting on this old snag. The young Black-capped Chickadee seemed to be observing this behavior. After the adult finished, the young bird assumed the same position on the snag, and replicated the adult’s behavior for a period of at least five minutes.


While enjoying an early morning walk at Swartswood State Park, I noticed a chickadee flitting around a tree about 20 feet off the trail. I stood still for a while to watch and was rewarded by seeing a pair of black-capped chickadees working on a nest cavity in an old tree stump.

Chickadee nest with 2 nest cups

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology