It is such a delight when a Chickadee trusts you enough to land on your hand to take seed. They are so light, like they are not even there. If you never did this, read on…
Two things necessary to getting them to take such a chance, is getting them to accept you in their space and for you to stay very still. Trust happens from both.
The best time to do this is when snow is on the ground or when a storm is looming. Birds go bonkers when it is snowing, especially at the feeders. I hand-feed in the morning before filling the feeders for the day. Try it with Downy Woodpeckers too. I am often within inches of them at their feeders.
The birds have come to know me in the garden, so getting them to land on my hand was a piece of cake. Getting them to do it in the wild is for one to have real patience.
Either place, talk to them softly. Once they are accustomed, put food in your hand and offer it very still. They come because they are hungry, not because they like you, but it still is nice to know they can trust you.
Even though it will make you smile when they come in close, try not to. Birds look at our facial expressions for cues, and showing them your teeth, swallowing or opening your mouth can make them fearful like we are having them for dinner. I think talking to them or making birds calls is different in that they may view us as contented.
A bird may approach fearfully, but stay very still and hold your breath as long as you can. They eventually will trust you enough to grab some seed.
Titmice and chickadees are the easiest to hand feed because of their curiosity. Also, the Mourning Doves are an easy species to offer seed.
These birds are those I photograph at the Falls. They are very used to me feeding them for my photos, even following me up the wooded path back to my Jeep. It did take a while to get them acclimated to my presence though. Patience… not my strong suit.
Next bird post… What Scatters the Songbirds? A cute look at what happens in the garden.
NEW, NEW, NEW at GWGT
And YES NEW … four NEW pages of bird posts, starting with Bird Chirps – Bird of the Week. Under this tab in the menu above you will find drop down tabs to these pages having all the bird posts from 2013, 2012 and 2011. So many birds and so much to say about them.
Your interests are GARDENS
Well a tab for Public Gardens and Garden Walks should whet your appetite in these cold months of winter as you tour local gardens from the National Garden Festival participants. The drop down of Public Gardens takes you to beautiful famous gardens around this country. Take a stroll, you will get more ideas than you can ever imagine. Drop down again and we have Fling Gardens. Gardens, gardens and more gardens…