Chickadees have a diverse diet including insects like caterpillars and spiders, along with the fruits and seeds of everything from poison ivy to hardy honeysuckle. Eastern Hemlock is a good native option. This conifer will serve as a source evergreen cover for chickadees and other birds. The perennial tree features dark green, dense foliage and will provide plenty of seed for native birds. Zones 3-7
The Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
saw a population decline with the onset of West Nile virus in 2002. You can identify the bird primarily by its range: these fly in the Southeastern U.S., from Virginia through northern Florida and to central Texas, all year round. They're about 5 inches long with a wingspan of 6-8 inches. Look for white cheeks between a black cap and bib. You'll also notice blue-gray feathered back and an ivory-pale yellow belly.