NATURE KNOWLEDGE: Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

A sweet little backyard bird is the Black-Capped Chickadee. They can be very bold around people often landing on and feeding from your hand if you stand patiently still.

Black-Capped Chickadees are the State Bird of Massachusetts so it is fitting that I took these photos in my own backyard.

They belong to the Titmouse family and 70% of their food is insects. The rest of the time they are around bird feeders spreading delight.

Both male and females look the same. Usually male birds are more colorful or distinctly larger than females.

This link will bring you to a site where you can hear their song and get more information.

http://www.birdjam.com/birdsong.php?id=12

Chickadees stay in their region all year round. I pay special attention to keeping my feeder full when winters are harsh here in Massachusetts. If freezing temperatures are maintained for long periods, I put out bowls of warm water. Dehydration is a concern for wintering birds.

Since their song is so very recognizable, I introduce my day care kids to listening for it.

Introducing kids to identifying birds by their songs is a great way to expand their listening skills and ,of course, further an appreciation for Nature.

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20 thoughts on “NATURE KNOWLEDGE: Black-Capped Chickadee

  1. We have these all over Seattle. You’re right, they’re very bold, almost fearless. On a nice day, if you sit down outside to enjoy lunch, they beg almost like dogs, or maybe they keep you company in exchange for whatever crumbs you drop. They’re mostly appreciated, because (as people keep telling me) they eat mosquitoes.

  2. I was entertained at the breakfast table every morning this past winter with the quail and chickadees.

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