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A Red-breasted Nuthatch Eats from my Hand!

Published November 15, 2010
Tags: My Feeders, Red-breasted nuthatch, hand feeding

What a treat today brought! I've been preparing my bird friends to eat from my hand by leaving a gardener's glove of seed out on our deck railing.  It's close to the feeders and eventually, birds began to accept that purple glove as a regular deck accent and pick at the seeds in its palm. (This was all my son, Tom's idea.)

So - the next step was to WEAR the glove and try enticing the birds to eat from my hand with the glove on. But today, impatient as I am, I just went ahead and skipped that step, anxious to see if they would comply!  Sure enough!  A little male, red-breasted nuthatch obliged - and not only once, but he came back several times! I expected a chickadee to be first.

In between his visits, I set up my camera on a tripod and got some mediocre shots to prove I wasn't dreaming!  How cool!!!


Reply from: Marianne Coyne on 6/15/2011 10:49 AM
 Hello, Sue, I've linked over from Lynn's site. Oh, my, how utterly wonderful to have the bird eat from your hand. What a blessing, indeed! Your photos are beautiful!! And I especially like the one Lynn used on her post today. You are an amazing photographer. Enjoy the day, Marianne