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BIRD IN HAND

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Try your hand at hand-feeding wild birds!

Experience the thrill of hand-feeding wild chickadees and other birds! Over the years, our patient volunteers have trained these wild birds to feed from human hands. Our skilled volunteers are on-hand to teach you how to hand-feed wild birds using a special food blend of seeds and nuts.

The birds feed best on colder days or when the ground is snow-covered.

Helpful Tip!

Birds that are willing to hand-feed:

Black-capped Chickadee sitting on tree branch

Black-capped Chickadee

 

They love to hide seeds and other food items to eat later. Each item is placed in a different spot and the chickadee can remember thousands of hiding places.

Tufted Titmouse on tree branch with green plants and red berries

Tufted Titmouse

 

This species is related to the chickadee & features a bold crest atop their head. They love using fur to line their nests, plucking fur from both living & dead animals.

Red-breasted Nuthatch with blue coloring going down a tree headfirst
White-breasted Nuthatch with sitting on tree

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

Nuthatches are often seen hopping down trees head first. Unlike their white-breasted relative, this species features a black stripe across the eyes.

White-breasted Nuthatch

 

This species is also often seen moving upside down. The name "nuthatch" comes from the habit of wedging seeds & nuts into bark crevices to hack them open with their bill.

Plus, our on-site wildlife partner, Raptor Hallow Sanctuary, will display a live owl or hawk for visitors to see up-close!

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