Have you ever fed wild songbirds by hand?

A feeding station for hand feeding wild birds 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from October through April welcomes the adventurous at The West Woods Nature Center of Geauga Park District at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell and Newbury townships of Geauga County.

Stop in the nature center to collect some black oil sunflower seed, or use seed already in a feeder at the site.

Hand feeding works best in a quiet group of one to four people.

Follow the Trout Lily Trail, take a right at the fork after the boardwalk across the wetlands and follow the sign. The feeding station is marked by a feeder and a mannequin, “Parker,” who keeps the birds familiar with a human presence.

Take down the feeder, hide it under the nearby bucket, extend out a hand with some seed in your palm, then wait. Birds come in waves. Wait awhile for the next wave.

Hold still and be patient.

Tip before you go: Look up songbirds such as chickadee, nuthatch, and others. Take a small notebook to write down the birds who visited you.

Photo courtesy of Metro Creative Connection

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