Way to Go, Chickadees!
NestWatchers just broke the record for number of Carolina Chickadee nests submitted to NestWatch! So far this year, 462 nests have been submitted. The state submitting the most nest attempts, fittingly, is South Carolina.
While still quite common, the Carolina Chickadee has undergone significant population declines in recent years. If you live in the appropriate range and habitat for Carolina Chickadees, you can put up a nest box to encourage nesting. This is one of our focal species, and we are grateful for more data on this species’ nesting success.
Carolina Chickadees are also moving north, and they are nesting in more northern areas now than they were a decade ago. Watch a video describing this northbound move, and if you live in the overlap zone, learn how to distinguish between Carolina and Black-capped Chickadees.