As a non-migratory bird, Black-capped Chickadees hide seeds all year, storing up supplies for the cold winters. They have fantastic memories also, unlike Mr. Squirrel, who can’t remember where his nuts are….
Who was that masked bird?!?!
Where’s the bird?!?! This post was very frustrating, as most of my chickadee photos looked like this. They are incredibly fast birds. I had to set my camerone to sport!
Chickadees are one of the easiest birds to attract to feeders, for suet, sunflower, and peanuts.
It is nearly impossible to tell the male and female apart, physically. However, there are two ways to figure it out if you’re observant. Only male chickadees sing the ‘fee-bee-bee’ warning song. So, if you can actually see the bird that is singing this particular song, that is the male. The other way is to observe the birds during the mating and brooding season, which lasts only about 3 weeks.
If you’re able to get a good view of a chickadee’s underside, you may see the cloacal protuberance (a ‘swelling’ of tissue in the who-ha area) and based on the degree of enlargement, be able to identify it as a male. Females can be identified during this time because of the brood patch (a bare spot on her belly) that helps transfer heat to the eggs. Any other time of the year, you’ll have to settle on calling them he/shes !
Sometimes it’s hard to get work done, as these guys are so much fun to watch! =-O
© – Ilex Farrell