Black-capped Chickadee Mini Journal

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Black-capped Chickadee
The chickadee is an inquisitive, always-on-the-go little bird that inhabits deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous forests. Chickadees flit from branch to branch as they search for their food, primarily insect eggs and larvae; sometimes they hang upside-down, clinging to tiny twigs. They also enjoy seeds of conifers and a variety of wild fruit. They are generally year-round residents of Canada and the northern U.S.
In late summer and early fall, chickadees band together in small flocks of 6-10 members. These flocks circulate around their territory, feeding at productive spots. Chickadee flocks are often joined by woodpeckers, nuthatches, brown creepers and kinglets as they course through the winter woods.
Two of the chickadees’ more familiar calls are a buzzy “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” which functions to keep the flock together, and a whistled “fee-bee” which the male uses to define their breeding territories. Chickadees often spend time visiting feeders, particularly during the winter. They are easily taught to feed from the hand: try peanuts and sunflower seeds.
artwork by Susan Bull Riley © 2010
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