24 September 2014
Chickadees don’t migrate but they’re a big help when you’re looking for migrating songbirds in late September.
Waves of warblers are still passing through Pennsylvania but they’re usually silent and hidden by leaves so you probably won’t see them … unless you listen for chickadees.
Black-capped and Carolina chickadees are vocal experts on the local scene. They know the best places to find food and where the predators lurk. They’re quick to alert when there’s danger. And they’re such chatterboxes!
Visiting migrants listen for chickadees, clue into their locations and often stay with them in mixed flocks.
At this time of year don’t ignore the local, vocal birds. They may have visitors with them.
(photo by Cris Hamilton)
p.s. Chickadees don’t migrate but the young may disperse from their birthplace.