chestnut chickadee miniature

June 16, 2015

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee uses lots of fur in making its nest, with fur or hair accounting for up to half the material in the hole.


Rabbit, coyote, and deer hair are most common, but hair from skunks, cats, horses, or cows appears in nests as well. The adults make a layer of fur about a half-inch thick that they use to cover the eggs when they leave the nest.  (source:

chestnut_backed_chickadee_nest© René Corado / WFVZ

What’s not to like about these chittery, agile, and nimble bits of joy–so accommodating, they’re willing to eat out of an uplifted palm.  At feeders, they flit in, impetuously seize a seed, cock their heads and in a mercurial moment are pounding the life out of their shell-encased prize, hammering against a solid branch.


“Chestnut Chickadee”, 2.54cm x 2.54cm (1″ x 1″), watercolour on Arches Hot Press Paper, sold

When annoyed, they chee-chee-chee-chee at any feeder chaos, curtly muscle back in, and sprightly dart back up to pummel their sunflower seed in privacy.

12 Responses to “chestnut chickadee miniature”

  1. Rebecca said

    Hi Lance, I’ve nominated you on my blog for a Versatile Blogger Award. (If you don’t feel like passing on the award, I won’t be offended at all). I enjoy what you do here, and am glad to have the opportunity to spread the word about your blog – hope that’s ok!


  2. Thank you ‘simply painting’! If you have an interest in doing wee paintings, the frames are easily gotten through in Maryland. She quickly sends them here and I wouldn’t otherwise have such a gourmet selection of miniature frames.


  3. wow. dryer lint. now that IS resourceful. what baby bird wouldn’t want to be swaddled in dryer lint, now I ask you (smile) thank you Teri!


  4. Love how you framed this!!!

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  5. Teri C said

    What a beautiful little bird! So interesting about the nesting material. I once found a hummingbird nest where dryer lint was used. Birds are so resourceful.

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  6. Oh thank you, Sharon–I enjoy your own blogpost today so much


  7. hahaha–yes, here is a bird which actually makes the exact sound of its name, and delightfully so. they are so delightful, eh?


  8. That tiny, exquisite bird deserves a tiny, exquisite painting.

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  9. Sharon Mann said

    Beautiful small portrait to honor the chestnut chickadee.

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  10. Beautiful frame job on this as well. I don’t know, Lance…..I think I need more miles on my paintbrush to be able to tackle something like this. I think working small may work for me though, in the long run. Nice to know they sell well! Have you done any miniature landscape work?

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  11. thank you!!! yes, I do love doing miniature birds because of the challenge. I had to go out and buy a pair of those reading glasses at the pharmacy–very strong ones–in order to see more closely what I am doing. They sell well, too. Please do try and see what you think!

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  12. 1×1?! Wow! Do you prefer miniature paintings? Amazing work, Lance!

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