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Named after their distinctive call, the Chickadee is a delightful and adorable bird that brings much joy to any human who has the pleasure of spotting one in their yard. Chickadees are bold little birds that are not intimidated by humans, and some humans are able to build trust with the bird and eventually train them to eat from their hands.
That is just one reason people want to attract the charming birds to their yard and encourage them to visit. Fortunately, they are easy to please, and we have put a list of great ideas to help you attract the sweet and curious Chickadees to your yard.
Bird feeders are one of the most reliable sources of attracting Chickadees to your garden. Chickadees enjoy most feeders as long as they are filled with food they enjoy, but it is best to use small feeders that only small birds like Chickadees can use. The market is filled with all sorts of bird feeder options, but Chickadees are known to prefer tube feeders, hopper feeders, and platform feeders.
Chickadees eat a variety of foods and usually spend most of their days searching for something to snack on. In summer, they usually eat large insects, and in winter, their diet mostly consists of seeds and berries.
Chickadees will visit a bird bath for a drink, but shallow baths are required because they are small birds. If a basin is too deep, scattering river rocks or gravel along the bottom or placing a smaller dish inside it can make it more suitable for Chickadees.
Water that is not clean can spread illness or disease, and Chickadees will not drink or bathe in it. You should clean the water daily and deep clean the surface if it becomes particularly dirty.
Bird baths are ideal because they provide fresh water and are visually appealing in any yard!
Chickadees are known as “cavity-nesters,” which means they roost in cavities (such as holes in dead trees). A regular birdhouse mimics the conditions of a cavity nest, providing a safe haven for your Chickadees to nest. While Chickadees can be creative with their house designs, the ideal size is 8 inches tall with a 4- or 5-inch square base and a 1 1/8-inch entrance hole. Chickadee houses should be mounted 4–15 feet above the ground on a tree, wall, or pole. Offering nesting materials like wood shavings and sawdust will encourage Chickadees to nest, and it can help to place the birdhouse close to the feeder.
Chickadees enjoy eating insects, and you can grow berry-producing shrubs, flowering trees, and sunflowers to attract bugs. They will also enjoy eating the berries and sunflower seeds, and you will most likely see Chickadees in your yard every day!
Chickadees seek shelter in deciduous and coniferous trees and dense shrubbery. Evergreen trees and shrubs are essential for winter Chickadee shelters, and Chickadees generally prefer them because they provide protection and camouflage all year round. They will readily use roosting boxes or empty birdhouses to stay warm in cold weather. If possible, keep a dense thicket or a thick row of shrubbery to provide the Chickadees with a quick hiding space if they ever feel threatened.
Pesticides can be hazardous to human health, the animals that gardeners seek to support and attract, and the plants that feed them. Using pesticides can harm any Chickadee that may visit your garden. They can coat the seeds or berries the bird ingests and kill off any insects they typically eat. Using DIY pesticides and weeding by hand are just some of the ways you can avoid using synthetic and harmful pesticides.
As small birds, Chickadees must watch for predators from above, such as Shrikes, hawks, and owls.
Tree-climbing mammals such as cats and raccoons pose the greatest threat to eggs and young birds. Because the birds prepare multiple nest sites, they are able to avoid predators. If a predator discovers a nest, they will build another somewhere else.
Here are a few fun facts about the Chickadee that will deepen your appreciation for them.
The fascinating and charming Chickadee is easy to lure into your backyard. By following these tips, you can enjoy the pleasure of their company at your feeder or birdhouse. The more they visit, the more trust they will gain, and perhaps before you know it, you will have one of the cuties eating out the palm of your hand. While offering food and shelter and a variety of shrubs and bushes will attract these birds to your yard, be mindful of possible threats such as pets and pesticides.
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Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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