Chickadee Brings Home Dinner
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|We have chickadees using our nesting box to raise their brood. Here is mom or dad bringing home a nice fat caterpillar for dinner.|
Black Capped Chickadee
Feeders and nest boxes are often used by chickadees, especially when filled with sawdust or wood shavings. To keep wrens out of boxes you want chickadees to nest in, place nest boxes at least 60 feet into a wooded area. The compass orientation of the entrance hole probably does not matter at all, but chickadees do seem to prefer an unobstructed path to the entrance hole, without branches and leaves in the way. Setting a nest box farther back from other trees and branches can help deter squirrels and mice from jumping to the box and eating chickadee eggs and nestlings.
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