Chickadees are a Backyard Favorite!

Chickadees are a Backyard Favorite!

The tiny and diminutive chickadee is a favorite backyard species. They are charismatic and energetic. Chickadees are curious and will investigate every inch of their territory. They are often the first bird to discover a new bird feeder!

Chickadees are not terribly picky eaters. They are happy taking one sunflower seed at a time, but will also eat other seeds, including safflower, sunflower hearts, and peanuts. Suet mixes are also enjoyed.

Chickadees are cavity nesters and will readily occupy nesting boxes in the summer. The hole should be 1 ⅛” and place at least six feet from the ground. They can also use these boxes to roost in during cold winter nights.

Chickadees are birds of woodlands. They love trees! To make your yard even more favorable, plant native tree species. These include, Red Maples, Birch, Tulip Poplar, White Pine

Other enjoyed trees are Hemlock, Spruce, and Arborvitae 

*Featured Image Source: Michigan State University