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Attract the Black-capped Chickadee to Your Garden

Background

Birds rely on a variety of food sources that can change at different times of their life cycle. Some birds that eat seeds as adults require insects to feed their young. Planting is the best way to ensure you meet the needs of the greatest diversity of birds throughout the seasons.

Black-capped Chickadee

To attract these cheerful birds, plant coniferous trees, such as pine, hemlock, or balsam fir, to provide them with a good source of seeds. These trees also supply chickadees with the perfect hunting ground for tree-dwelling insects. Although they will occasionally use nest boxes, black-capped chickadees prefer to nest in old woodpecker holes and other tree cavities.

For more ideas on attracting birds or choosing plants, see the following Web site: www.wildaboutgardening.org