You have a few more weeks to hand feed a chickadee in the Cleveland Metroparks. The Brecksville Reservation is offering this free opportunity from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 29.
The Metroparks will provide instructions and the black oil sunflower seeds that will have the birds eating out of your hand. You can see chickadees throughout Northeast Ohio, but feeding them is a different experience. This video from RpetsAndUs was not made locally, but I imagine the scene depicted here is similar to chickadee feeding in the Metroparks.
Chickadees’ diets include sunflower seeds, peanuts, suet, peanut butter and mealworms, which they feast on at feeders, according to The Holden Arboretum. They also eat insects, spiders and spider eggs. I’m glad seeds are the only thing on the menu for hand feeding the chickadees.