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.
- Small-sized bird
- Black cap and bib set on white cheeks, grayish upperparts, whitish underparts
- Mature Deciduous Forests
- Open Woodland
- Backyards with Trees
- Spring/Summer/Fall: mostly insects and spiders, some seed
- Winter: mostly seed (strongly favor sunflower), some berries
- Favor dead or decomposing trees; especially Birch and Alder
- Will use Nesting Box
Top Ways to Attract Black-Capped Chickadee
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)