Byard Miller wrote:
> Hi Jane...
> Certainly not trying to steal your thunder, as it's always a treat to
> have a bird come to you with trust. But a couple of years ago I had a
> Blue Jay adopt me. I didn't train him...HE trained me and would get
> quite upset if I was too busy to offer him some peanuts. He would come
> in and land on my shoulder or atop my hat and very explicitly scold me
> until I offered up some tidbits.
> Byard Miller
> Marlborough NH
> On Apr 1, 2007, at 5:38 PM, jane wrote:
>> Puttering around outdoors, I was struck by how closely several of the
>> chickadees approached me and how intently they seemed to be observing
>> me. So I took some sunflower seed from the feeder and held it out in
>> my hand, and almost immediately one of the Chickadees came out of the
>> shrubbery and landed right on my hand briefly and took a seed.
>> Unfortunately, my cat came strolling up at just that minute and the
>> birds all scattered, so I didn't try it again immediately.
>> I've been in a couple places where these little guys have become
>> accustomed to taking seed from the hand and approach every visitor
>> looking for a handout, but the methods I've read for teaching birds
>> to do this have involved long periods of time and great patience, not
>> this instant acceptance-- and only a few feet from a feeder brimming
>> with seeds.
>> What a thrill to feel those little feet of a wild bird on my hand.
>> I expect I'll do this some more!