Lately there have been quite a few Black-capped Chickadees around feeding and chirping away with their various calls. Chickadees eat berries, insects, and seeds for much of the year. They have a beak that is well adapted to cracking open oil, and energy rich conifer seeds, their main winter food. The Chickadee makes at least fifteen different calls to communicate with its flockmates, and offspring. The best known is the Chickadee-dee-dee that gives the bird its name. /SANDRA JAMES