Chickadees are Looking for Nesting Sites

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Have you noticed that your chickadees have become very verbal and seem to be fighting with each other? It is a sure sign that spring is on its way. As soon as it starts to warm up the cute little Black-capped Chickadees that ate in harmony with each other all winter, turn feisty.

Chickadees are beginning to explore potential nest sites so that as soon as the flocks begin to break up for breeding, each monogamous pair can claim a territory within their home range. Chickadees usually live within 10 miles of where they were born for their whole life.

Chickadees like to nest in natural cavities like knotholes in trees, or old woodpecker nests. Where these are scarce chickadees will use bird houses. Putting some wood shavings in the bottom of the bird house may attract chickadees, as they seem to prefer freshly excavated holes. (The hole entrance on a chickadee bird house should be at least 1 1/4”-1/2”)