Winter is a great time to observe birds, and what better place to observe them from the comfortable, serene West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township, with its full-wall wildlife feeding station?
Plus, at The West Woods, you can also BE the bird feeder by following signs from the nature center to the Bird in the Hand Feeding Station, back for a fourth exciting season!
To try your hand, time up your visit for daylight hours and dress warmly – extra layers, hat and gloves – since you may be standing still for a while. If it’s between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., stop into the nature center to collect some black oil sunflower seed; otherwise, use a little from the feeder already placed onsite.
Hand-feeding works best with just one or two people or in a small group of up to four.
Follow the signs to our mannequin, “Parker,” who keeps the birds familiar with a human presence. (Parker is pretty realistic; then again, birds are fairly easy to fool.) Take down the feeder, hide it under the bucket, extend your hand with some seed in your palm, then wait. Odds are good you’ll have a taker soon if you’re patient, enjoying the peace and quiet a handful of minutes or so. And once you’ve gotten one to land, you can almost certainly expect to get more. Don’t forget to re-hang the feeder before you head back to your car!
Now park visitors can enjoy up-close looks at these amazing little beauties all winter long! The West Woods is located at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township. Feel free to call 440-286-9516 with questions.
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