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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Why chickadee seem so tame

Chickadees are my favourite birds along with hummingbirds. Chickadees are so so tame, they talk to you, if they know you'll feed them. I had a few that came within three ft. of me. I loved them so. Do you know how to get a wild bird to come to your hand?

Chickadees are among the most popular birds in North America, due to their regular visits to feeders, ability to nest in urban gardens, and willingness to take food from people's hands.

Winter can be a tough time for chickadees. The cold temperatures requires them to expend a great deal of energy to maintain their body temperature the shorter days also means a shorter time to forage for food.

Add to that, their smaller size. In a winter flock of birds, the little chickadee is lowest on the pecking order. The larger Hairy Woodpeckers are more dominant over the smaller Downy Woodpecker which is more dominant than the White-breasted Nuthatch, which can be more dominant then the titmouse which is always more dominant than the chickadee. By the time it’s the chickadees time to feed the pickings might be slim.

But clever birds that they are, they wait for humans to fill a feeder to grab a quick bite before the others can claim their turn. They are also confident in their ability to flit away and avoid a predator's capture. So confident, in fact, they may even come down to your open hand full of food.

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