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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Food for chickadees in the winter

In the winter Black-capped Chickadees eat about 50% seeds, berries, and other plant matter, and 50% animal food (insects, spiders, and sometimes fat and bits of meat from frozen carcasses).

At feeders they eat sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet, peanut butter, and mealworms. You will also see them occasionally on the goldfinch feeders eating Nyjer Thistle.

Mid-Michigan's chickadees are non-migratory and will be around all winter. New fall and winter flocks can join bands of nuthatches and woodpeckers for safety. Flocks can consist of 2 to 18 birds. Normal suburban flocks range from 6 to 10 birds over a territory of 20 to 50 acres.

Related Articles:
- Bird Guilds: How different birds band together to survive http://goo.gl/d0VzDD
- A window feeder is the best way to entertain indoor cats http://bit.ly/xQVMaa
- Why don't chickadees stay to eat at the feeder? http://bit.ly/AkKThH
- After chickadee babies have fledged http://bit.ly/yAYbP4
- Fun Facts About Chickadees http://bit.ly/zIDkCi
- Bird of the Week: Black-capped Chickadee http://bit.ly/A1YFQ4

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