Friends of Kootenay Blog
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Black-capped Chickadee is one of 3 species of chickadees found in Kootenay National Park.
Photo by Larry Halverson
Almost everyone can identify the bird that sings a rapid, nasal chickadee-Dee-Dee. It is the call the chickadee uses to challenge intruders 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 around lunch time you might hear 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.
Listen to the Love Song.