Nest of Bandits

Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)

"Banditry" is the collective noun for a group of Chickadees.  Presumably, the term refers to their masked appearance, not their behavior.  When they are not relishing suet, they like to eat the seeds from Douglas Fir cones.  I also see them picking at the cone-like catkins of Red Alder.  Only the most agile and athletic can negotiate these food sources.

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  1. I didn't know that a group of Chickadees is called a "banditry". Ha! Most excellent.

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