[CT Birds] Chickadee chatter
Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz
rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 18 12:28:02 EST 2013
Great posts. I admit, I too have seen fewer Chickadees lately. But I'm convinced that having a couple fewer Chickadee at my backyard feeder, may not mean necessarily mean a crash of the entire Holarctic population.
Here's a slight change of subject. I've commented before about hand-feeding Chickadees sunflower seeds. There are spots where Titmice, WB Nuthatches and even Downy Woodpeckers are hand-fed. For example at Morton NWR (Sag Harbor, NY), frequent feeding by multiple visitors occurs along the nature trails.
But Chickadees are the "easiest". With some patience and a slight ache to a static, extended shoulder, Chickadees will readily eat out of your hand.
From: John D Babington <davewb07 at sbcglobal.net>
To: "ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:37 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] Chickadee chatter
Enjoyed the various comments and data concerning the black-capped chickadees here. One of my favorite bird species and I love the other chickadee species too. I am in the habit of taking down my solo black-oiled sunflower bird feeder at night here because of past raccoon trouble. When I go to put my feeder up in the morning there are usually a couple of black-capped chickadees waiting not too patiently for me to get the feeder in place. By the way the Irish cousin, in terms of looks, of the black-capped chickadee is the coal tit.
David W Babington
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