Alpena, MI, USA
An alarm from a Black Capped Chickadee sounds off. All the rest in the flock freeze like branches. The only movements they make are the slight movement of their chests and the occasional blink. I walk closer, so close that I could rub my finger along a chickadees back. It took almost a full minute till they snapped out of it and flew away. What kind of behavior was this? I’ve seen flocks fly away when one sounds an alarm but never stay still for a complete minute! These little energetic balls almost never stay still.