Gardening for Wildlife forum: Strange chickadee

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Name: Deb
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May 7, 2013 12:28 PM CST
I seem to have one chickadee who acts very strangely. It lands on my tube feeder which is about 8' from my office window on a covered porch. Grabs a seed or two then flies either directly into the window or to a thermometer gauge I have mounted just outside the window and looks inside. Sometimes it jumps/flies straight up from the thermometer. I am guessing it somehow is responding to its own reflection, although that does not seem to be a recurring problem with other birds or other chickadees (assuming it is the same bird, but who knows). The thermometer is becoming covered in bird doo, and I'm fearful this little bird is going to knock itself silly. I checked to see if perhaps it was trying to build a nest above the window, but nothing there. This morning I cut out a picture of a larger bird and taped that to the window hoping that will discourage my little kamikaze. Any thoughts?
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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May 8, 2013 3:57 PM CST
Hilarious! I have seen other birds do that but no chickadees, he is defending his territory by attacking his opponent, which of course is his own reflection. Rolling on the floor laughing Maybe put a hawk image in your window, that may work.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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May 17, 2013 11:31 PM CST


Or a picture of a cat, maybe? We have a window that they do that occasionally.
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