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Black-capped Chickadee

Posted on Sep 7, 2016

The Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is as familiar a backyard resident as can be, but did you know these birds migrate, too? Well, some of them anyway, in a particular way. Young birds move south and irrupt during certain years based on the reproductive success of the summer and the local conditions. The best way to see this is finding a number of them in migratory hotspots in the autumn. If you are at an area such as a beach along the shore of Lake Erie where you typically find zero and suddenly see a flock of six or eight, there you go. I have seen up to 18 in a little flock in October. If your yard is lacking Chickadees don’t worry, reinforcements may be on the way!

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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator