Black-Capped Chickadee

black cap chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

A very regular bird at feeders throughout the year. Even small dead trees in your property lines will generally suit their nesting requirements. While these wildlife trees might look different from the “neatness” of many yards, they are extremely useful to chickadees and other wildlife species. For feeders, black-capped chickadees are huge fans of black oil sunflower seeds. Once the chickadees get used to coming, they are one of the easiest birds to hand feed. Spend a little time letting them get used to your nearby presence, then over a week or so, approach the feeders closer and closer. Finally, before filling up the feeders, put some sunflower seed in your hand, stretch out your arm, and patiently wait for them to land. They’ll even take sunflower seeds off your hat! They are also very fond of shelled peanuts and suet feeders.