About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
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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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cute chickadee eats with his feet

Bippity boppity boo, the chickadees go back and forth from the feeders to a perching spot at least 10 times before cardinal makes even one trip. Chickadees like to grab a sunflower seed from a feeder and fly to a nearby tree to crack it open and eat it. They hold the seed with their feet while cracking it open with a few quick thrusts of their bill. It can be fun to watch them flying back and forth from tree to feeder, and back again.

Help Chickadees Feel at Home
Chickadees are among the easiest birds to lure into your yard. Here are a few tips to help attract them:
1. Chickadee food: Put out fresh sunflower seeds, peanuts, seed cylinders or suets.
2. Chickadee feeder: Almost any bird feeder will attract chickadees if it offers good food. I like to use the no-mess blend which has sunflower chips and peanut halves.
3. Chickadee habitat: Chickadees like natural cover near feeders to pop into and avoid predators or harsh weather.
4. Chickadee house: A small birdhouse with a 1 1/4-inch entrance hole, placed in heavy natural cover, will provide a the perfect nesting shelter for the birds.

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