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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chickadee has eyes bigger than his stomach

Birds love pumpkin seeds, but is it better than a peanut? Birds and small mammals will eat pumpkin seeds and other squash seeds if you offer them in your yard. A tray or fly-through feeder allows you to offer a variety of kitchen scraps like apple cores, dried fruit, mixed nuts, or pie crusts. Or just turn your jack-o-lantern into a snack-o-lantern for wildlife! It’s fairly easy to make, and the squirrels and birds will love it.

Mid-Michigan's chickadees are non-migratory and will be around all winter. New fall and winter flocks have been forming for awhile. 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.

From sunrise to sunset, the chickadee spends most of its time foraging. Suet, seeds and nuts provide a lot of calories to produce energy in cold weather. As winter approaches, they begin hiding or caching food for the winter. In a behavior called "scatter-hoarding," chickadees choose a treat and then leave quickly to hide it under tree bark or dead leaves.

The amazing thing is that they can accurately remember the location of each seed they hoard. Not only that, they also remember the quality of items they initially stored, making more of an effort to retrieve the higher quality food.

Related Articles:
- How to get the chickadees to stay at the feeder longer http://goo.gl/2lwK5I
- 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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