Being cousins, titmice and chickadees have some common habits. They often roost together in birdhouses on cold winter nights. At feeders, they take only one seed at a time, fly away and perch nearby to eat it. They also cache many seeds in tree bark and other spaces to retrieve and eat later during lean times.
Other characteristics of the Paridae family are constant curiosity and boldness. That may explain why chickadees and titmice often allow close approaches by humans and are among the first birds to show up at newly stocked feeders.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to reach a peak of about 50 meteors this weekend in the northern sky after dark. The moon will be full next Friday night (Jan. 10). Only two planets are visible right now. Venus is low in the west just after dark and sets about two hours later. Mars is low in the east about two hours before dawn.