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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

#GBBC Black-capped Chickadees in Michigan

Get to know your birds before the Great Backyard Birdcount (#GBBC) 

One bird that I can’t help calling to when I’m filling feeders (probably because he’s calling to me) is the Black-capped Chickadee. They are identified easily by their namesake “chick-a-dee” call.

In winter, when a lot of birds fly south to escape the Michigan’s cold, snowy weather, chickadees can be seen and heard flitting from tree to tree. They have a small, sharp black beak, a black crown and bib, whitish cheeks, gray back, and off-white belly with a variable amount of color on their flanks.

From sunrise to sunset, the chickadee spends most of its time feeding. The natural diet of the Black-capped Chickadee consists of 50% insects, insect eggs, larvae and pupae, as well as spiders, and 50% seeds and berries in the winter. During the summer it is 70% bugs and 30% plants.

Chickadees will come to almost any feeder. The foods that attract them are sunflower and safflower seeds, nuts, suet, seed cylinders and mealworms.

Related Articles:
- Chickadees don’t leave home without their caps http://goo.gl/Vi8GtC
- Quiz on Chickadees http://goo.gl/0cI03
- Bird Guilds: How different birds band together to survive http://goo.gl/jAtN5
- Fun Facts about the different Chickadees in North America http://bit.ly/zIDkCi
- Not a Shy Bird: How the Black-capped Chickadee Communicates http://goo.gl/1rlnh

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