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Chickadee At The Hummingbird Feeder

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For some reason this black-capped chickadee kept flying down to the hummingbird feeder today.  I don’t think it was after the nectar. Unusual visitors like house finches, verdins, woodpeckers and even fruit bats are known to partake of the nectar, but I think this chickadee was going for either the water in the ant moat or insects hanging around.


The ruby-throated hummingbirds were not happy about it.  It was funny to see a hummer zoom in right after it and then hear the chickadee sputter in irritation.

13 comments to Chickadee At The Hummingbird Feeder

  • We used to get a hooded oriole on ours (not *technically* native to the San Francisco bay area, but have expanded up here with Washingtonia fan palms from their native southern California deserts) regularly, but they’re famous for loving hummingbird feeders. Chickadees not so much.

  • I’m sure that it’s just the way that species always looks, but that hummingbird looks quite angry! Love the pictures and the earlier ones – I’m learning so much from your blog posts.

  • Too cute!! We put up a hummingbird feeder, had 4 males come at first, but 1 dominates the feeder. Tolerates a juvy, chases it around, but will eventually let it drink…a little. We are really enjoying them.

  • Indeed. That hummingbird is definitely frowning.

  • MerryDragon

    That hummer is Disapproving.

  • sally (dragonsally)

    That hummer looks pissed…

  • Yeah! That hummer does have the look of, “Gr, mine!”

  • My chickadees seem to always prefer to drink out of the hummer’s ant moat rather than the birdbath (though mine is the style not built into the hanging feeder.) Must be something appealing to them about a small dollop than exposing themselves at a more open puddle. @Bosque_Bill

  • That hummingbird looks positively pissed.

  • Josh K.

    Any hummingbirds in NY??

  • adorable … love the way you captured that curious chickadee charisma.

  • Amy

    Birdchick, I do think you are on to something. I live in the metro and have a hummingbird feeder, the more “regular” type where I remove the bee guards because the orioles of course prefer a feeder NOT made for them. However, I am SURE the chickadees drink out of the ports; we have seen it repeatedly. I will try to get a picture. There is no water moat, and it isn’t the bugs they are after. I think this is adaptation in action. They are so smart, I am sure that they have picked up on this as an energy source.

  • Shelly

    The funny part is, the hummer looks mad in that picture.