All photographs were taken by Nathan Collie on location at Old Town.
While Carolina Chickadees are common, their population has been declining. There are many different factors contributing to this decline, including decreasing insect populations across the globe. Insects make up a high percent of chickadees’ diet, about 50% during the winter and 80-90% for the rest of the year. When the number of insects decreases, chickadees have less food, and therefore the number of chickadees decreases too.
Carolina Chickadees can be found in deciduous, coniferous, or mixed forests, along with swamps, parks, yards, and near the edges of creeks, rivers, ponds, or lakes. These birds can also be drawn to areas with bird feeders, especially in the winter time when other food sources are running low.