Chickadee on cattail
This was a first for me - a chickadee eating cattail seeds...or perhaps looking for tasty insects or collecting fluff for its nest.
During the summer months, chickadees eat animal protein such as insects and ticks. When I learned they ate ticks - including the kind that carry Lyme disease - I decided they would be very welcome in my gardens!
Chickadee on red-osier dogwood
During the winter months, though, they eat seeds when they cannot find insects. Although they don't migrate, they do gather in flocks during cold weather - mostly with other chickadees but they are fine with other small birds joining in too. In fact, migrating birds are known to spend time on stopovers with them. which is great if you want a variety of birds at your feeders.
Two hungry chickadees
I am linking to Saturday Critters HERE.