How to Attract Black-Capped Chickadee

How to Attract Black-Capped Chickadee 

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: This recognizable bird is often a favorite of birdwatchers due to its cuteness and boldness (it will eat right out of your hand). The Black-Capped Chickadee is a small grayish-white bird, with a black cap and bib set on white cheeks. In winter the Black-Capped Chickadee happens to be one of the easiest birds to attract to your yard. The key in winter is to provide black-oil sunflower seed for food and shrubs or evergreens for shelter. During breeding season (spring and summer) their diet shifts to insects but a pair of Black-Capped Chickadee may use a nesting box if provided (note: adding saw dust to the bottom of the box may encourage use). Black-Capped Chickadee will also frequent birdbaths, which is a great way to observe these energetic birds. Many birds flock with Black-Capped Chickadee because it excels at spotting potential food/water sources and predators. For this reason, familiarizing yourself with the Black-Capped Chickadee call (which is very easy to learn) can be invaluable not only in spotting the Chickadee itself but also in finding rarer birds like Warblers, Woodpeckers, and Vireos - which often flock with them.

OVERVIEW

Identification:

  • Small-sized bird
  • Black cap and bib set on white cheeks, grayish upperparts, whitish underparts

Habitat:

  • Mature Deciduous Forests
  • Open Woodland
  • Backyards with Trees

Eating Habits:

  • Spring/Summer/Fall: mostly insects and spiders, some seed
  • Winter: mostly seed (strongly favor sunflower), some berries

Nesting:

  • Cavity-Nester
  • Favor dead or decomposing trees; especially Birch and Alder
  • Will use Nesting Box

Top Ways to Attract Black-Capped Chickadee

Sunflower Seed      Nesting Box     Birdbath     Insect-Friendly Yard      Seed-Bearing Flowers

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Black-Capped Chickadee

Alder (Nesting)     American Mountain Ash (Fruit)     Birch (Seeds, Nesting)     Dead Trees (Nesting)     Eastern Hemlock (Seeds)     Eastern White Pine (Seeds, Nesting)           Elm (Seeds)     Hickory (Nut)     Northern Bayberry (Fruit)     Sumac (Fruit)     Tulip-Poplar (Seeds)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Black-Capped Chickadee

Aster (Seeds)     Blue Wild Indigo (Seeds)     Black-Eyed Susan (Seeds)     Blazing Star (Seeds)     Goldenrod (Seeds)     Ironweed (Seeds)     Purple Coneflower (Seeds)     Sunflower (Seeds)

Attracting Black-Capped Chickadee with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Hanging Tube    Hopper     Platform     Suet Feeder   

Feed:     Mealworms     Peanut     Suet     Sunflower Seed