Chickadees & Titmice?
I have fed the birds for years and this year I have had no chickadees or titmice at my feeders or in my yard in Randallstown. We have nuthatches and all the woodpeckers, downys, hairys, red headed and flickers. We are loaded with cardinals and all the regular birds that frequent feeders including gold finches and purple finches. For years we had no blue jays and now they are back. We do have a pair of hawks in the area that have tried to catch our flickers while they are on the ground eating ants and the blue jays, but I thought Chickadees and titmice were too small and too fast. Is there a reason I have no chickadees or titmice? Thank you.
We checked the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's website for information on that status of chickadees and titmice. (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/) Both are listed as species of "low" conservation concern -- meaning their populations are still considered abundant and they are not endangered. Some songbird populations have been affected by habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change, feral cat populations and increasing numbers of predators. In addition, both of these species rely on insects for a significant portion of their diet. Chickadees must have high numbers of caterpillars and other insects available to feed their young. Insect populations are decreasing. There is are fewer native plants that support the insect populations that these birds need. You can read more about this in the following article on our blog: https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2018/12/14/survival-of-baby-chickadees-declines-in-yards-with-less-tha...
In addition to providing seeds, water, and nesting sites on your property, consider planting native plants that will provide food for these birds year-round. A good resource to look at is the Audubon Society's Native Plants for Birds website. https://www.audubon.org/plantsforbirds