• Is hand-feeding wild birds bad for them?


    Doesn’t the practice of hand-feeding birds, hosted locally at The West Woods, endanger birds by removing their protective instincts?

    Naturalist's Response

    The bird that is most likely to take seed from a person’s hand is a chickadee. They appear to be cute, delicate, defenseless, tiny, fluff balls when they land in an outstretched seed-filled hand. But don’t be fooled – should the chickadee feel threatened, his wild instincts will take over and he will protect himself! Click here for a great link I think you will enjoy.

    Hope you have tried your hand feeding the birds!

    Thanks for your great question! -Naturalist Dottie Drockton