Now’s the Time to Put Up Birdhouses for Black Capped Chickadees
The guy at the Wild Birds Unlimited store says that, despite the cold, black capped chickadees in the Chicago area are nesting right now. If I were a chickadee I’d think about a postponement, but the folks at WBU generally know their birds.
Chickadees are such endearing birds, how can you not want to provide them with a home? Admittedly, their plumage is not the most colorful. However, they have great personalities: cheeky, energetic, and friendly. They don’t fly off when a person approaches them, and sometimes will even eat out of your hand.
Plus they have a very distinctive call that is sometimes lyrical and at other times sounds like someone saying “Dee-Dee-Dee” through a PA system. Click on the link below to see what I mean.
Black capped chickadees live year-long in a wide swath from Newfoundland down to Viriginia, then west to Alaska as far south as Oregon.
I’ve got a birdhouse for chickadees, but it doesn’t have a very happy history. Two years ago it was hung from the branch of a Japanese yew and was almost immediately occupied by a nesting pair. It then fell to the ground and was abandoned. Last year I hung it again but there were no takers, and over the winter it again fell to the ground.
Today there was a half price pole for mounting birdhouses on sale at WBU. I bought the pole and set it up with the birdhouse when I got home, which wasn’t easy because the ground was frozen (I had to pour a pot of hot water to soften it up).
Please note that if you do set up a birdhouse for chickadees, you need to buy a metal plate to keep predatory birds from enlarging the hole in order to get at the nest.
Do you have any birdhouses in your garden?