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Black-capped Chickadee (NY) — 2011

Black-capped Chickadee

Location: Ithaca, NY

Hosted by: FrankAndBean

Clutch Size: 6

Hatch Date: Jun 10, 2011

Number of Nestlings: 6

Fledge Date: Jun 28, 0011

Number of Fledglings: 6

Note: Good luck to the Black-capped Chickadee fledglings.

Photo Highlights (6)

    The chickadee homestead

    Jun 09, 2011 -
    These chickadees live in a nestbox on the corner post of a garden. The yard is surrounded by woods.


    Jun 10, 2011 -
    About 70% of the Black-capped Chickadees' diet consists of small insects and spiders. They also eat seeds and berries, as well as fat from animal carcasses. In this picture, the male is about to bring a recently captured insect back to the nest.

    Bringing home the bacon

    Jun 10, 2011 -
    All through incubation, and for a few days after the eggs have hatched, the male chickadee (pictured here) will bring food to the female and the nestlings.

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    Last Hatch

    Jun 14, 2011 -
    Check out the video highlight of the last Chickadee egg hatching!

    Fastidious Chickadees

    Jun 17, 2011 -
    There is a new video highlight of the Black-capped Chickadee feeding the young and carrying away fecal material. Check it out!


    Jun 29, 2011 -
    The fledgling Black-capped Chickadees are now off to start their lives. They will continue to be fed by both parents for 3-4 more weeks.

Video Highlights (5)

Jun 17, 2011 - Fastidious Chickadees
A parent arrives with a big mouthful of food. You'll notice that most nestlings defecate as soon as they swallow, which ensures the parent will be around to remove the fecal material.

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Jun 20, 2011 - Intruder alert!
This likely is a "foreign" chickadee attempting to take over the nest. The resident chickadee successfully fended it off and none of the nestlings were harmed.

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Jun 28, 2011 - That's my worm!

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Jun 29, 2011 - Time to Fly
One by one, the Black-capped Chickadees leave the safety of their nest box. It is time for them to fly!

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