December 16, 2011
A bird bander in northern Minnesota captured a black capped chickadee last week, and discovered that he was looking at an old friend. Ornithologist Michael North re-captured a bird he had banded 9 years ago. At that time of the first banding the bird was two years old, so this individual bird is the Oldest Known Living Chickadee on Earth, at 11 years, 6 months.
Michael North talked with KFAI’s Dale Connelly, who asked how old chickadees are supposed to get, and guest Claudia Schmidt provided a freshly written song in honor of Minnesota's Elder Chickadee.
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