Little Birds Feeding from My Hand: Pure Joy

6623945337_4f9612a32c_o-1OPTMy Fine Feathered Friend

Few things feel more delightful than having a sweet little bird alight upon your hand. A couple years back, my partner and I discovered an enchanting little conifer grove where the Black-capped Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches like to hang out on Prince’s Island, our beautiful downtown city park. For many years we’ve walked by this particular grove totally unaware of it’s hidden treasures.

One very cold, bright winter morning, we remembered to fill our pockets with unsalted peanuts in the shell for our squirrel friends and stopped by the grove to toss them a few peanuts. We sat on the ground in the middle of the grove, leaning up against a large tree trunk and waited for our furry friends to appear. It wasn’t long before several Grey squirrels descended the surrounding trees to check us out. Then, much to our delight, as my partner held out a peanut for an approaching squirrel, a chickadee swooped in, landed atop the peanut and took a few unsuccessful pecks at the shell!

DSC_3832_6593OPTWe quickly shelled a few peanuts, placed them in our open, outstretched hands and waited. It wasn’t very long before the chickadees and nuthatches came swooping in, one after another, like a busy airport landing strip, alighting on our hands, grabbing a peanut and quickly taking off again. Neither of us had ever experienced anything like it. It was sheer delight!

BE Still and They Will Come

Since then, whenever we walk by our magical little conifer grove, and have remembered to load our pockets with black oil sunflower seeds or a few  peanuts, we will quietly slip into the grove and wait patiently with outstretched hands.

At first, the birds simply silently sit perched high in the trees and peer down to investigate. If we keep still and quiet long enough, one or two will fly in a bit closer, land on a nearby branch and continue to watch. Finally, the first brave bird swoops down, alights on our outstretched hand and quickly takes a seed. Soon, the others follow. Nothing feels more delightful than the tickle of their little feet on my hand—they weigh nothing! Talk about pure joy.

7054263779_6c04db4cb1_oOPTSinging for joy

This adorable little Black-capped Chickadee was so comfortable perched on my hand that it sang a happy little “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” before choosing a peanut.


Image Credits:

Top image: Red-breasted Nuthatch, by BJC; © 2012 BJC;
Used with permission

Second image: Red-breasted Nuthatch in Tree, by madlyinlovewithlife;
© 2014 madlyinlovewithlife

Third image: Red-breasted Nuthatch, by BJC; © 2012 BJC
Used with permission

Fourth image: Black-capped Chickadee, by BJC; ©2014 BJC
Used with permission

7 thoughts on “Little Birds Feeding from My Hand: Pure Joy

    • Thank you, Koji, for your very kind words. And thank you also for letting me know that my comments were closed on my Tulip post. I am still learning WordPress and trying to figure out the settings. I didn’t even know this was set to close after 30 days! Thank you for your comments. :))

  1. I can visit and re-visit this post many times and never ceased to be touched & amazed. Completely agree with everyone’s comments! Okay, that’s enough from me ;)

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