Sep 30 2010
Here’s one of my favorite pictures of a bird I’m paying a lot of attention to nowadays.
As songbirds leave for the winter, it’s harder to find them in the woods. When you do, they’re usually in mixed flocks and who are the chatterboxes of those flocks? Chickadees.
Chickadees stay here all year and that makes them local experts, well aware of the dangers and food sources. Visiting songbirds often hang out with chickadees, perhaps because they know of this expertise. In any case the more birds there are in the flock the more the chickadees chatter.
Starting now and throughout the winter listen for chickadees. Chances are you’ll find some interesting birds with them. I’ve been finding warblers.
(photo of a black-capped chickadee by Marcy Cunkelman)