Park visitors who have feeders should easily recognize this active bird. Its distinctive plumage is by no means dull, but it is more often heard before it is seen at Salter Grove, even after leaves have fallen.
During the breeding season, chickadees glean twigs and branches for insects and feeds mostly on caterpillars. It isn't until winter that plant matter like seeds and berries becomes 50% of its diet. It will also frequent bird feeders for beef suet and peanut butter, as well as to remove sunflower seeds to hide for consumption at a later date.
Outside the breeding season, it is often observed in mixed-species flocks consisting of Tufted Titmice and White-breasted Nuthatch.