Chickadee Irruption in Central Florida!

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Here in we’ve grown accustomed to having an easy time identifying chickadees. If you see one, it’s a . But this is no longer the case, as there has been a massive irruption of northern and western species of chickadees into Central Florida.

The irruption was first noticed when the above photographed Chestnut-sided was spotted in a park near my home in Seminole County. After this, birders here began giving chickadees more attention, and all of the sudden, people were starting to find Black-capped Chickadees in various locations throughout Central Florida, such as the one photographed below.

There have been confirmed reports of Mountain Chickadees on Sugarloaf Mountain and one unconfirmed sighting of a Boreal Chickadee in Winter Springs! This is a staggering reality to be faced with. Who would think that we would ever be able to find these species in Central Florida!

Carolina Chickadee

Not only this, but it seems that some strange mutations are modifying our resident population of Carolina Chickadee. The photograph below serves as a good illustration. The debate is still raging here about what this is. Is it a strange-mutation of a Carolina Chickadee, or perhaps the discovery of a new species, a Bearded Chickadee? The jury is still out on this one.

Bearded Chickadee

And just in the past couple days, there have been reports of showing up in Central Florida as well. I was so dumbfounded when I heard these reports that I just had to check them out for myself. I ended up finding one in nearby Lake County.

Bushtit

This irruption has been so great and exciting that we’ve been unable to contain ourselves. Who knows how long this will last, but in the meantime, we in Central Florida are enjoying the ride.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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Scott Simmons

To all reading this, the original date of this post was April 1st–my April fools joke. It may seem like a truthful report on another day of the year, but I assure you, the only thing truthful in this post is that the birds photographed are the species I called them, well, with the exception of the "Bearded Chickadee," which is a Carolina Chickadee carrying nesting material.

Scott Simmons

He He. Sorry about this, the original date of this post was April 1st. Sorry about the confusion.

Lee Dusing
Lee Dusing

Wow! I live in central FL. Will have to keep a closer watch. Thanks.

SweepstakesHog

lol exactly what I was thinking

Lyle Mason
Lyle Mason

Are you sure your "bearded" chickadee isn't just a Carolina Chickadee carying moss or something for its nest.