Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
Chickadees are active, acrobatic,
curious, social birds that live in flocks, often associating with woodpeckers, nuthatches, warblers, vireos, and other small
woodland species. Chickadees are one of the easiest birds to attract to feeders, for suet, sunflower, and peanuts. They peck
a hole in the shell, and then chip out and eat tiny bits of seed while expanding the hole. Because small songbirds migrating
through an unfamiliar area often associate with chickadee flocks, watching and listening for chickadee flocks during spring
and fall can often alert birders to the presence of interesting migrants. Chickadee calls are complex and language-like, communicating
information on identity and recognition of other flocks as well as predator alarms and contact calls. The more dee notes in
a chickadee-dee-dee call, the higher the threat level. They are easily seen at many feeding stations, and in virtually any
area with trees.