The bird type featured in the photos atop this entry is a tufted titmouse who I came upon yesterday (he was one of many in within that variety that happened to be there) while walking in The Ramble section of Central Park. Temperatures were very bitter, especially with the windchill but I took off my gloves and put some black-oil sunflower seeds in my hand, as I know that, in cold conditions, tufted titmouses have been known to eat out of someone's bare hand.
And the ones that I encountered yesterday did just that! Now, I can't seem to find the words for how honored I felt to have several of these bird types perch on my fingers and eat from my palm. My hand is still quite chilled for it was VERY cold but I am so warmed to have experienced this.
I didn't attempt to get a picture because I was afraid I'd disrupt their comfort level but I do hope I can do this again and get a photo of them dining from my palm.
I've always been grateful when I've seen them my garden and/or in Central Park. BUT, I've never had one perch on my fingers and eat from my hand. I'll won't be the same again (which is a good thing)!
As you can see, I only got pictures of the titmouses in the tree tops and on the ground. I didn't want to take chances of disrupting birds eating from my hand by fiddling with a camera. Maybe I'll try next time! Meanwhile, if you'd like to learn more about these birds, they are featured in my book series, Words In Our Beak, which, as I've been saying here on Blogger make a great Valentine's gift...
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