Mountain Chickadee

Poecile gambeli

The Mountain Chickadees are truly birds of the west. They range over most of the western USA and through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Like the rest of their chickadee cousins, science believes they evolved from Eurasian tits and migrated to North America during the Ice Ages (Pleistocene).

I’ve enjoyed meeting these small bundles of energy at elevations as low as 500 feet at my Southern California home. Most of my meetings have been in California, but I’ve also found them in New Mexico and the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas.

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