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Location?  I think it's an adult chickadee - they can get really raggedy this time of year working hard raising their chicks.  Fledgling chickadees actually have pretty perfect, clean, fluffy feathers and I would think they wouldn't know how to cling to a feeder like that.

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I saw in your previous posts that you are in Washington, so I believe this is a Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

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Yes, I'm in Washington - sorry, should have mentioned it - from Bothell,  just northeast of Seattle.  We have both Chestnut-backed and Black-capped, and both use this feeder.  This one doesn't seem to have any chestnut color, however.  And yes, perhaps the ruffled feathers are the result of raising chicks.  I've had three pairs using my nesting box this Spring.  Unfortunately, the last batch (Chestnut-backed) ended up with 4 dead chicks - I looked in the box after not seeing the parents using it for a couple of days.  Perhaps something happened to the parents.  Along the same lines, we had a Junco nest in a hanging basket of Fuschia on the front porch.  Two days ago there were 4 naked chicks in it in the early AM, and at noon, there were none - only a fat Steller's Jay nosing around.  I presume the Jay took them.

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