WHO IS REALLY THE BOSS OF THE SKIES? It Might be a Matter of Who's on Top
by Sally Blanchard If we voted on the backyard bird with the most personality, I would wager that the little Chickadee would win. These delightful little birds flit from tree to tree foraging for food. They keep in touch with their cheery two-note whistle. In the presence of a predator, their call changes to one of great alarm. If they find an owl sleeping in the branches of a tree, a group of chickadees will abandon their normal daytime “Clark Kent” persona and turn into a flock of little super birds. During the day even the largest owls are no match for a flock of these little guided missiles flying at them from above. The chickadees are often joined by a few other species of high energy little songbirds and continue their harassment until the owl leaves their territory. If they can chase the owl away during the day, the predator will probably not be around to cause them problems when the raptor comes out at night to hunt.