NATURE KNOWLEDGE: Black-Capped Chickadee

Black-Capped Chickadee

A sweet little backyard bird is the Black-Capped Chickadee. They can be very bold around people often landing on and feeding from your hand if you stand patiently still.

Black-Capped Chickadees are the State Bird of Massachusetts so it is fitting that I took these photos in my own backyard.

They belong to the Titmouse family and 70% of their food is insects. The rest of the time they are around bird feeders spreading delight.

Both male and females look the same. Usually male birds are more colorful or distinctly larger than females.

This link will bring you to a site where you can hear their song and get more information.

Chickadees stay in their region all year round. I pay special attention to keeping my feeder full when winters are harsh here in Massachusetts. If freezing temperatures are maintained for long periods, I put out bowls of warm water. Dehydration is a concern for wintering birds.

Since their song is so very recognizable, I introduce my day care kids to listening for it.

Introducing kids to identifying birds by their songs is a great way to expand their listening skills and ,of course, further an appreciation for Nature.

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20 thoughts on “NATURE KNOWLEDGE: Black-Capped Chickadee

  1. vnettum 04/25/2012 / 7:13 am

    aaw what a pretty bird!

  2. P.S. I Love Soap Co. 04/25/2012 / 7:28 am

    O’ they’re one of my favorite birds! I’ve had them eat out of my hands before:) Too cute…

    • sillyfrogsusan 04/25/2012 / 7:46 am

      They are so cheerful that I am always uplifted by their presence!

      • P.S. I Love Soap Co. 04/25/2012 / 8:48 am

        Same w/ me 🙂

    • sillyfrogsusan 04/25/2012 / 7:44 am

      Important warning! Thank-you so much for adding to this information…:-)

      • Paula Kuitenbrouwer 04/25/2012 / 7:57 am

        I actually do not know if birds will take a bath in the winter, but I was warned so I pass the warning on…out of bird-love, you know.

      • sillyfrogsusan 04/25/2012 / 8:00 am

        I do not know how to attach Pingbacks. I allow them and if you are able to attach them from your end, feel free to.I’ve come a long way but have much to learn!

  3. Forrest 04/25/2012 / 12:30 pm

    We have these all over Seattle. You’re right, they’re very bold, almost fearless. On a nice day, if you sit down outside to enjoy lunch, they beg almost like dogs, or maybe they keep you company in exchange for whatever crumbs you drop. They’re mostly appreciated, because (as people keep telling me) they eat mosquitoes.

    • sillyfrogsusan 04/25/2012 / 12:36 pm

      Any bug eater is a friend of mine too! You put it so poetically that they exchange their company for crumbs …I’m adding you immediately. Like your style. ~Susan

      • Forrest 04/25/2012 / 1:46 pm

        Why, thank you kindly!

  4. Northern Narratives 04/25/2012 / 12:38 pm

    I love chickadees. They are so cute and friendly 🙂

    • sillyfrogsusan 04/26/2012 / 6:36 am

      Gosh birds are wonderful…my day is always brightened by them.~Susan

  5. Teresa Cleveland Wendel 04/25/2012 / 1:41 pm

    I was entertained at the breakfast table every morning this past winter with the quail and chickadees.

    • sillyfrogsusan 04/25/2012 / 1:46 pm

      I suspect that you are often entertained with the delightful “little things” that others often miss. 😉

  6. Jude 04/25/2012 / 2:22 pm

    He’s a tiny bit like our little Black Caps. They feed on our windowsill and are quite confident little birds.

    • sillyfrogsusan 04/26/2012 / 6:37 am

      I call that a Napoleon complex…”Little Big Birds”. 😉

  7. Karmic Diva 04/25/2012 / 9:47 pm

    Love this. I have them here and never knew what kind of bird it is.

    • sillyfrogsusan 04/26/2012 / 5:30 am

      So happy to share tidbits of nature knowledge! Appreciate your comments and thanks again for the treasured award.~Susan

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