Bird #430 — Chestnut-backed Chickadee

poecile (many-colored) rufescens (reddish)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 — 5:36 pm

Hood River County, Oregon — Tucker County Park

We drove through the town of Hood River and up into the apple-growing region in the foothills beneath Mount Hood. We stopped for 20 minutes or so at Tucker County Park on the Hood River. The park consisted of a campground, a small picnic area, and a short path along the river.

In the center of the picnic area right next to the parking lot was a small birch tree. In the birch tree was a small hole. Also in the birch tree, and in and out of the hole, was a pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees. They zipped back and forth in and out of the hole, and were still there when we left half an hour later.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee - Tucker County Park - Hood River County, Oregon - May 6, 2008

Two photos of the Hood River as it runs past the park. We saw an American Dipper flying up and down the river while we were there.

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