Specialty Birds


Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Adult feeding juvenile
Copyrighted Photo courtesy of: Peter La Tourrette

 

Chestnut-backed Chickadee
 Poecile rufescens

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee is found in Riparian Woodlands, especially where there are willows.  

 
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Copyrighted Photo courtesy of: Peter La Tourrette

Some of the best Central Coast birding Trail sites to find it are: 

Monterey County: 
Elkhorn Slough
Fremont Peak State Park
Carmel River
Andrew Molera State park 

San Luis Obispo County: 
Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area
Oceano Campground
Montana Del Oro [Campground Loop]
Morro Bay State Park

Santa Barbara County: 
Rancho Guadalupe Dunes [Roadside Willows]
Waterfowl Natural Resources Area [Southern-most site where species is reliably found] 
Waller Park


Chestnut-backed Chickadee adult in nest hole
Copyrighted Photo courtesy of: Peter La Tourrette

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