January is Cold
Robyn is back at the lake. It is cold out there in January. The lake is frozen.
The trees are bare, there is no where for the birds to hide. So, Robyn wonders why birds don't freeze. How does a tiny bird like the Chickadee stay warm with such a tiny thin coat? And what about those thin legs with no shoes, no socks. Robyn worries about all God's creatures, large and small.
It must be a miracle.
Let us, therefore, celebrate the jaunty little Chickadee. Winter's avian friend who sticks around and does not migrate to warmer climes. The chickadees you see in winter are likely the same chickadees that nest in your neighborhood come spring.
They often select nest sites in dead trees or branches with rotting wood. They can excavate their own cavities but will borrow those like that of a downy woodpecker's or a Nesting Box.
Feed the Chickadees
In the winter, they mostly eat seeds, perhaps those attractive red berry shrubs or juniper berries, and the dried seed of the thistle. In the winter time you can entice them to your back yard with black oil sunflowers or suet.
In spring, when they are nesting they eat insects almost exclusively. It is important to grow native trees and plants that attract our native butterflies and moths. These butterflies and moths lay eggs which hatch into caterpillars which the chickadee find and feed to their nestlings.
Listen to the Chickadee.
Did you know the chickadee has sixteen distinctive sounds!
Did you know Robyn has a Black Cap Chickadee hooked wool throw pillow that you can bring home?