The black capped Chickadee is a common bird in the northern half of the United States and south of Canada's tundra. It is a small bird with a black cap and chin and white cheeks.
It has a light grey back, a whitish, olivey stomach and dark greyish wings with white edging. They are extremely cute little birds with a very distinct, "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" song. However, believe it or not, females can hiss like a snake if they feel their nest is threatened or disturbed. Probably not so cute.
Black-capped chickadees stay in pairs or in small groups. After nesting season they often join mixed feeding flocks, often with other tame birds such as the titmouse, nuthatch and downy woodpecker. They feed upon seeds, berries and fruit. They can cling upside down to retrieve their food as well. They definitely enjoy my peanut butter suet and sunflower seeds. Black-capped chickadees also appreciate a good doughnut, which can't be good for their cholesterol!
The Black-Capped Chickadee lays one set, or brood, of eggs a year. They lay between 5-10 white eggs with reddish brown markings. Babies stay in the nest between 14-18 days and are fed by both parents.