Another bird that you are very likely to see at the overlook, and just about anywhere else in northeastern Country, is the Black-capped Chickadee. This small, gray-and-white bird, with a formal looking black cap and bib, and a distinctive chick-a-dee-dee-dee call, is a well-known, cheerful visitor to birdfeeders in town and country. By late summer, early fall, the year’s young have fledged and gathered into flocks. These groups stay together through the cold months of a northland winter foraging and roosting.
The fledging process of Black-capped Chickadees is a gradual one. Mary Holleback describes the process in an article she wrote for The Wilson Bulletin, an ornithological journal. At first, even after the young have gained independence from the nest, they rely on the parents for food. To reduce aggression by the parents and to increase their chances of receiving food, the young persist in the submissive behavior they displayed while in the nest. During the first 8-10 days out of the nest, the fledglings beg quite often and the adults show little offense towards them. After this short period, however, the young are feeding more independently. They also beg less and the adults show more aggression towards them. Holleback attributes this change in adult behavior to the gradual cessation in the youngs’ submissive behavior. The benevolence that once existed within the family is gradually replaced with intolerance.
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