The chickadees are year-rounders in the yard and I like their pluckiness. They are unphased and unimpressed with the resident humans and have no problem demonstrating their impatience when I’m too slow with the birdseed. They sing/speak their own name, adding or subtracting “dees” to signal to one another. The chickadee-dee-dee is Maine’s official state bird.

Black-capped Chickadee