Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Black Capped Chickadee

For the next month or so we are going to taking a closer look at birds in our area at home and in our Nature Club. Today we started with choosing one bird that visits our feeders daily - the Black Capped Chickadee. This is a favorite of mine for sure.

We spent about half an hour watching and observing the birds from our kitchen window where a popular feeder is located. There were several varieties visiting but a frequent visitor was the Black Capped Chickadee. After a while Holly did some nature journaling, jotting down observations and discussing them with me. I took some photos of the birds we watched as well.

Then we looked up the Black Capped Chickadee to read more - online and in our bird book. We read about this bird at Wikipedia . We found a great site that had a sound recording of the bird, we listened to several different calls and compared them to what we were hearing outside our window that morning. Holly believes she heard all the different calls we were comparing. I think she is right.

After her observation we then looked through the photos I had taken and chose one to look closer at and journal. I have decided to participate in a nature journal as well for a couple of reasons:
     1) Holly seems to slow down more and become more detailed when we do it together
     2) It is something for us to enjoy together and learn over. Hudson will join us soon.
     3) It is fun! I really enjoy it, observing and drawing - making notes.

We read up on their habitats which can be urban or open forest areas. Their diets which consist of insects, in particular caterpillars and black oil sunflower seeds... which is what is in our feeders right now. Their song is made up of a few different calls but they are most known for their namesake call of 'chick a dee, dee, dee, dee, dee'. They are permanent residents of the Pacific Northwest, even in the winter in which they can lower their body temperature to make it through cold snaps. On interesting thing we found is that they can cache their food in tree bark for up to 28 days - and in fact will know the quality of their food cache till about day 24. Who knew? I had no idea they cached food... which was a whole other lesson for Holly - caching.

This was a lot of fun! She is looking forward to learning a bit more detail on more birds throughout the rest of Fall.

Black Capped Chickadee at our feeder.

A different Black Capped Chickadee.

They come to take the seed from our Pampas Grass too! It is cool to watch!

Holly's beautiful & detailed Nature Journal drawing.

My nature journal entry.

Coloring the Black Capped Chickadee in her great bird coloring book.

Black Capped Chickadee color page.

This is a fantastic bird coloring book - nice drawings, examples and information!


  1. I've noticed the same thing about my kids when I sit down and do it with them yet I don't do it always

  2. I love that you are helping your kids see the Science in 'their own backyard' - very cool. Thanks for linking to TGIF Linky Party.
    Beth =)

  3. Great way to get them drawing from nature! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase