|BIRDS OF THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON METRO AREA
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
The Carolina Chickadee is a year round resident in the Baltimore-Washington area. These small
acrobatic birds are common visitors to bird feeders. Chickadee's hop with agility along branches,
often hanging upside down, while eating small insects. They are more visible in the winter when they
gather in small flocks and the leaves are gone from the trees. The chickadee nests in holes in trees
in the summer.
The chickadee's name comes from its call, which sounds like chick-a-dee-dee-dee. It also has a four
note call that has been described as fee-bee-fee-bay.
The Carolina Chickadee is very similar to, in fact almost indistinguishable from, the more northern
Black-capped Chickadee. The Black-capped Chickadee is found in Western Maryland and Western