Across the United States, Chickadees are frequent backyard visitors. In fact, they are often the first visitors to a new feeder. The most common Chickadees include the Black-Capped and Carolina. Place a nest box near a wooded area and it may become a home to a brood of six chicks. The youngsters are perfect miniatures of Mom and Dad, complete with caps and bibs. Chickadee nests are easy to identify, since they always use a nest box or natural cavity. The nest is a cup of woven grass lined with soft green moss. Chickadees are exciting and entertaining to watch and are well worth the effort to attract into your backyard.
These are small, stout, tree-climbers with strong woodpecker-like bills and strong feet. They have sturdy, square-cut tails, but don’t use them for bracing like woodpeckers do. They habitually go down trees head first. Most common Nuthatches include: the White-Breasted and Red-Breasted. Also seen in parts of the United States are: Brown-Headed and an often confused cousin, the Brown Creeper. Nuthatches will utilize houses and will come to feeders.
Actually the Chickadees are a member of this family. The Tufted Titmouse is the most common. It is a small, gray, mouse color bird. Many say it looks like a miniature cardinal. It has a distinctive “Peter-Peter-Peter” call.
These chisel-billed, wood boring birds have stiff spring tails that act as props when climbing. Red-Headed, Red-Bellied, Pileated (the original “Woody Woodpecker”), Downey, and Hairy Woodpecker, and their cousins, the Northern Flicker and Yellow- Bellied Sapsucker are the most common backyard visitors.
Like most other birds you want to attract, the Clingers love black oil sunflower seeds, or better yet, hulled out sunflower kernels. What’s good is that their clinging ability lets you provide sunflower kernels in feeders like the “Clingers Only™” that other birds have trouble using. Provide peanuts or tree nut pieces, and every “Clinger” in the neighborhood will make sure they stop and visit you!! High-Energy Suet is a favorite of “Clingers”. Either provide the white suet from a butcher, or present one of the available cakes. The best cakes are those that contain only suet, peanuts, and peanut butter!! As “Clingers” can hang on a suet log feeder, suet logs are a great way to feed “Clingers”. Often, this is the most used feeder in a backyard!