More often they dine alone. Taking only one seed, Chickadees normally go to a shrub or small tree to dine. They share this trait as well as feeding on a branch with Tufted Titmice, the most common bird they co-flock. Both are also omnivorous and glean insects as well as eat seeds and suet.
Inquisitive, intelligent and acrobatic these
little 4 to under 5 inch grey birds have distinctive black caps and throats.
They inhabit deciduous forests, parks and gardens with trees and shrubs. They like personal space. They are quite territorial in the feeding and flocking habits.
During breeding season, they are mostly in breeding pairs, but may flock in groups of 8 during the rest of the year. Like Tufted Titmice, they nest in cavities and both depend on woodpeckers to construct them. They will also use nesting boxes, tubes and sometimes drain pipes. Found in the Southeastern US, their Black-capped Chickadee cousins are found in the Northeastern US and are more brownish than grey.
Besides Tufted Titmice, you often see them in multi-species flocks with Carolina Wrens, kinglets, woodpeckers (Downey and Red-Bellied in my garden) and waiting in trees for House Finches to clear off feeders. During migratory season, they are common with warblers. While Tufted Titmice may hide seeds, Carolina Chickadees have been known to steal those seeds.Photos copyrighted by Quail Valley resident and international birder Margaret Sloan. View her international and national bird pictures by pressing this link.
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Researched and posted by Janice Scanlan. Click photos to enlarge them.