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Hand feeding a Northern Mockingbird

I have been feeding northern mockingbirds raisins and nuts for years. Occasionally one will become very friendly. I have one right now that will take the raisins right out of my hand. The other day I was startled, as I walked toward the bird with the raisins in my hand, it jumped from the tree, soared over to me and landed in my hand to eat. How unusual is this?

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

Your friendly northern mockingbird is unusual, but not unheard of. There are a number of feeder bird species that will eat seeds and fruit from the hand. It takes patience to train the birds to come to the hand, but it can be done, and is being done in many backyards across the country.

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