Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bird Whisperer

A tram driver/tour guide at Sabino Canyon has the birds eating out of his hand.  One at a time, cactus wrens, cardinals and pyrrhuloxias will take bits of cashew nuts from his open hand.

cactus wren
cardinal
                                 pyrrhuloxia
I’ve never handfed a wild bird myself, have you?

23 comments:

Rafael said...

awsome photos, and cool tittle too!

Teri C said...

Amazing!

tom sullivan said...

What is the point of hand feeding wild birds? I do like your photos, though.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Outstanding photos, Diane! The cactus wren photo, in particular, is worthy of enlargement and framing.

I have never hand fed any bird; am very content to have them visit the feeders we have in our yard.

Prospero said...

Amazing. They must think he is a cactus!

Diane AZ said...

Tom, I imagine it's fun to study birds up close while allowing them the freedom to fly away.

Jen said...

Oh very cool--I'm taking some seed with me the next time I go. :)

Stephanie said...

Diane, both the birds and your pix are amazing! Very unique and beautiful birds. Their feathers have nice colours. Happy Wednesday!

Loree said...

No I have never hand fed a wild bird ... only pigeons in St Mark's Square in Venice and they are hardly wild!

Icy BC said...

No way a bird would let me come close to hand fed it, Diane..They will fly as soon as they see my shadow..

Gorgeous photos, Diane!

ksdoolittle said...

I just can't imagine the thrill! I have a cousin in OK who had resident sparrow (I think) that would eat out of his hand, and came to expect it each and every day! They were friends! ~karen

jean luc said...

amazing exotic birds , beautiful colors , we don't have the same here in France ;)
thanks for sharing
Have a great day

ksdoolittle said...

I've awarded you a Sunshine Award. Check the details on my blog and feel free to pass it on. ~ks

DoanLegacy said...

Beautiful photos of birds! They are gorgeous..

Leslie said...

Wow. That cactus wren photo is amazing. What a gorgeous creature and it posed so nicely for you!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

No I have not but what I would give to be able to do that. I love birds. Fantastic shots too.

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, I would love to handfeed a bird. I have held the hummingbird feeders while they are sipping.

Ann said...

I feed "my" sparrows, pigeons, and other wild birds. They fly away even before I can whip out my camera.

Bird whisperer, great idea like Caser, the Dog whisperer.

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful photos Diane, the cactus wren is such a cute little fellow.

When we lived on the other side of the state I had Steller's Jays that would take peanuts from my squirrel feeder. One of the females would take peanuts from my hand. She would even come to the back door and wait for me. I have also hand fed Gray Jays in Alaska.

jeannette stgermain said...

the cactus wren fits so well in its environment! Great pics, Diane! Have a great weekend!

Arasu said...

It's nice to see these birds behaving like pets!

hrg at Sacred Ruminations said...

What AMAZING photos! Thanks for sharing your experience with us virtually ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Ayie said...

reminded me of the round table commercial, the pizza whisperer!

sorry haven't been around much...baby taking mommy's time =P