Thursday, January 10, 2013

Field-friendly bird sequence
Chickadee and Wren-like Songbirds

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee, Hillsboro, Oregon February 1, 2009 by Greg Gillson.
The 13 categories of North American birds listed in the Field-friendly bird sequence: Part II are:

Swimming Waterbirds
Flying Waterbirds
Wading Waterbirds
Chicken-like Birds
Miscellaneous Landbirds
Aerial Landbirds
Flycatcher-like Birds
Thrush-like Songbirds
Chickadee and Wren-like Songbirds
Warbler-like Songbirds
Sparrow and Finch-like Songbirds
Blackbird-like Songbirds

A beginner should be able to quickly place a bird they see into one of these categories.

Chickadees, nuthatches, bushtit, creeper, wrentit, wrens, and gnatcatchers make up this grouping of small, plump, active birds found in wooded and brushy habitats. Chickadees and nuthatches frequent bird feeders.

White-breasted NuthatchWhite-breasted Nuthatch. Hillsboro, Oregon. March 13, 2009 by Greg Gillson.

Brown Creeper
Brown Creeper. Hillsboro, Oregon. March 13, 2009 by Greg Gillson.

Bewick's Wren
Bewick's Wren. Hayward, Oregon. May 16, 2008 by Greg Gillson.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. San Diego, California. October 31, 2008 by Greg Gillson.

Wrentit. Lincoln City, Oregon, July 30, 2011 by Greg Gillson.

Bushtit. Hillsboro, Oregon. September 1, 2008 by Greg Gillson.


  1. Thank you for posting this! It was very helpful; I was able to identify that I have a black-capped chickadee living on the side of my house! :)

  2. Well. I'm such a novice, despite my swarovski binoculars. I came here because something is trying to pry or chew through the bird screen in my eave vents. I live in a very rural part of Camas, WA at about 1800ft elevation. I have only seen this bird in the beam of a flashlight at night, so poorly is very small and scared of the beam, which is good because I don't want to have to put up closed soffits.