A Bird in the Hand

June 19, 2014




You never know what you’ll see when you leave the house.  I was so glad I had my camera along on my walk around Green Lake, when we chanced upon this young girl trying to attract a red-winged blackbird to her hand.

I am of two minds about the encounter.  I know it is not a good idea to feed the park’s wildlife.  It is better to keep the birds and waterfowl wild, or they can become habituated to humans and sometimes even become pesky.

On the other had, the expression on this girl’s face was priceless.  It was a magical moment for her, and one does want to encourage spending time in the natural world.  Undoubtedly, this was a positive and memorable moment for her and her mother.


4 Responses to “A Bird in the Hand”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Personally, I’m all in favor. I’m certainly not one who advises feeding bears in parks or those cute little raccoons anywhere. But, this sort of experience seems to be of a different order, and it certainly is an experience she’s going to remember forever.

    And now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to put out more raisins for the mockingbirds.

  2. Elisa Says:

    yes yup uh huh
    everything you said 🙂

    I don’t think that I’ve ever heard of a red winged blackbird that would do hand feeding! I am wondering now if this child is amazing and/or is this a spot where all of the birds are trained to come to hand to eat.

    • Rosemary Says:

      On my run this morning I saw a red-winged blackbird (maybe the same one?) feeding out of a man’s hand. This must be a spot where city folk feed the birds.

  3. Chris Says:

    This little girl reminds me of my 12 yr. old self and my pet crow!

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