Spied this summer, at long last and after years of effort on the part of some of our party, I present the Boreal Chickadee:
They travel in flocks of plane-jane chickadees, but are rare in the extreme, and nearly impossible to see. Boreal Chickadees go about life discreetly, unaware of their celebrity in certain circles of bird watchers -- pursued and desired, ever elusive and seemingly pedestrian.
When finally we saw them, flitting through a copse of trees near the edge of a cliff overlooking the Bay of Fundy, it felt invasive and satisfying at once -- like peering into the windows of a house a dusk. I would love to see the little beasts again.
How sweet and secretive they are. I very much admire their subtle coloring and incognito ways.
All photos taken this summer on Grand Manan Island by Steve Thompson Sr.