Handfeeding chickadees and titmice

Melissa and I were at Kensington Metropark yesterday, about half an hour north of Ann Arbor. The black-capped chickadees there are known to eat right from your hand. We brought some sunflower seeds and this is what happened:

Without even trying, we had an endless of stream of chickadees and some tufted titmice (the larger birds) coming in and taking one or two seeds. They were eager enough that I could hold the food in one hand and film with the other.

A chickadee picking a sunflower seed from Melissa's hand.
A chickadee eating sunflower seeds from Melissa’s hand.
A tufted titmouse on my hand.
A tufted titmouse on my hand.
The Nature Center at Kensington is taking care of this injured red-tailed hawk, which cannot survive in the wild anymore.
The Nature Center at Kensington is taking care of this injured red-tailed hawk, which cannot survive in the wild anymore.
Earlier yesterday, at Barton Pond in northwestern Ann Arbor, I found this American tree sparrow. They breed in northern Canada and migrate south for winter. I've seen them before in Michigan, but never managed to catch one on camera.
Earlier yesterday, at Barton Pond in northwestern Ann Arbor, I found this American tree sparrow. They breed in northern Canada and migrate south for winter. I’ve seen them before in Michigan, but never managed to catch one on camera.
A much rarer find than the tree sparrow was this black-crowned night heron, also at Barton Pond. Following normal migration patterns, it should be on the Gulf of Mexico by now. In fact, the bird in this picture currently holds the all-time record of latest fall sighting at eBird of a black-crowned night-heron in Ann Arbor or Washtenaw County.
A much rarer find than the tree sparrow was this black-crowned night heron, also at Barton Pond. Following normal migration patterns, it should be on the Gulf of Mexico by now. In fact, the bird in this picture currently holds the all-time record of latest fall sighting at eBird of a black-crowned night-heron in Ann Arbor or Washtenaw County.

 

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