Sunday, February 1, 2015

It gets better...

...I managed to get a few better pics of my little chickadees... and, now...I'm even able to call them to the lilac bushes just outside the patio.

I stand in the patio with my handful of seeds and if there are none around...I call to them.  I do my best "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" sound...and also just say... "come on little guys... here's your seeds".. "come on".  Within a minute or two I hear one across the street and then... at least one will fly over to check me out.

I'm still making at least one guy hop on my hand for a seed before I sprinkle a few out on the top of the patio wall for them.  I try not to put too many..and I also wait til way late in the day to do it..or the hordes of sparrows just eat them all ...

A little white breasted nuthatch came to the suet feeder today along with several different Flickers... I try to chase the silly magpie away from the suet feeder when I see him.  He has figured out how to hang on it ... using the tail rest for one of his big feet... doing the splits and risking groin injury just to peck a bit of peanut butter and bugs ... crazy bird.  Sometimes when he lands he scares a Flicker off it ... and, the Flicker lands on the Hawthorn or the wall top and squeaks....if I hear him I know what it is and run to the closest window.  All I have to do is move the latch and off flies the magpie.  The Flicker then gets back onto the suet... it's a mad house around here .... well, it probably always was ...just a bit more so now with birds...

Anyway... without further ado...here are the two best ones I now have ..

and, finally, I actually have two witnesses that have seen them land on my hand even though I haven't managed a photo of that yet.  I'm still working on it........... I just need a few more hands...........

Click on the pic to enlarge....



11 comments:

Judys Fabrications said...

Oh how lovely to have birds this tame. We have some ringed necked doves that we hand feed. This tiny wee one must be exquisite to have on your hand!!

Maria Vaz said...

You've got talent, my friend!! Patience too! To get the birdies to feel comfortable eating out of your hand (even if for a split second) ... that's something to be proud of! 😊
Next, you will have to invite them into your home. 😉 that will be challenging ... hehehe.
Big hug.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Definitely am jealous! The little chickadees will land on the railing right beside us when we're filling the feeder. We have at least one nuthatch (probably a pair, but hard to tell because only one arrives at a time) and a pair (I think there's 3 actually) of Downy woodpeckers that love the suet. There's mourning doves every day and yesterday there was a junco - hope he comes back.

Twiglet said...

Are chickadees the same family as our Blue tits, Coal tits etc? We have lots but they are not tame like yours.

Susan said...

So thrilled for you Vee - what a joyous thing to have the trust of these darling little birds.
A beautiful post :D)

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh that is so sweet. You lucky lady.

BeadedTail said...

Oh my Cod! We'd love to be that close to a chickadee! They fly away as soon as Mommy opens the door or window and it takes them awhile to get brave enough to come back!

Hope your husband gets some rest and feels better soon! Sending purrs!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Vee, you have the best pictures of birds!! I think you must have them all tamed. so cute and up close.

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Vee,
Sorry I have been absent from your blog but here I am again!
Wow that is so cool that the little bird ate from your hand. I love birds but still haven't had any luck doing that.
I posted some photos of some places I visited recently. Please stop by and leave a comment if you can.
Hugs

sandy said...

I have yet to get a bird to land on my hand ...wait a minute - one time years ago at a restaurant - outdoor eating area and he came to my plate.

Nice post - I should visit here more often.

Lin said...

You need a tripod and a shutter release cord.

It's amazing that you can do that! What a wonderful experience for you. :)