Attract Chickadees to Your Wildlife Garden
I began my journey to creating welcoming wildlife habitat gardens because of a very persistent Chickadee. I had just bought
I began my journey to creating welcoming wildlife habitat gardens because of a very persistent Chickadee.
I had just bought a new home and was trying to assess my new garden, which sadly was covered in invasive plants. A little Carolina Chickadee landed on a post in the garden and began singing very loudly.
Everywhere I went the Chickadee followed, and then would return to its chosen post and sing (loudly) again. This behavior continued all afternoon.
Trust me, I got the message! I went out that evening and purchased a nice bird feeder and promptly hung it on that post 🙂
But I began to wonder what do Chickadees eat when no one hangs a feeder for them? And this friendly little bird changed the course of my life as I have now made a career out of designing wildlife habitats in gardens around the northeast.
While Chickadees can easily be attracted to your wildlife garden by hanging a feeder filled with black oil sunflower, it is also quite easy to create a welcoming habitat for them in your garden.
Depending on where you are in the northeast, you will either have the Black-capped Chickadee, or in the more southern parts the Carolina Chickadee.
Chickadees are woodland birds, and will be attracted to native shrubs and trees in your wildlife garden. Chickadees also eat a lot of berries in addition to seeds, so choose trees and shrubs that produce berries.
Insects also play a vital role in the diet of Chickadees, so you can attract them by planting a wide variety of native plants that attract insects for our friendly Chickadees to snack on.
You can complete the welcome mat you’ve laid out for Chickadees by providing nesting cavities for them. They will use nesting boxes if you’ve taken care to choose those that Chickadees will find appealing.
My Chickadees have begun building their first nest of the season in my wildlife garden. Are yours getting ready yet?