How to Get Birds to Land in Your Hand With a Care Crow

A Care-Crow is a dummy which attracts birds. Once the birds have gotten use to your Care-Crow, you take its place and the birds will be attracted to you.

Steps

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    Find 2 pairs of pants and 2 long-sleeve shirts which look similar. For example, 2 sets of jeans and 2 white shirts. Find a hat and sunglasses, if possible.
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    Using string, duct tape, crumbled newspaper and/or rags, make a dummy out of one of the pairs of pants and one of the shirts.
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    Use an old soccer ball, balloon or sphere of any kind for a head. Put a pair of sunglasses on it if possible. You can use an old Halloween mask on the sphere if you have one that looks reasonably human. You may use a marker to draw hair, ears, etc. on the head if you wish.
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    Attach the head to the dummy's body.
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    Put the hat and sunglasses on it.
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    Set the dummy on your favorite outdoor chair or lounge with arms.
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    Make 2 hands out of Latex gloves partially filled with sand.
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    Tie the hands to either arm of the chair at the end of the dummy's sleeves.
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    Push a pocket into the palms of the sand-filled hands.
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    Fill the palm pockets with wild birdseed.
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    Wait a week or until the birds find the seed and begin visiting the Care-Crow on a regular basis.
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    Keep filling the hands' palms with seed.
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    When ready, put on the second set of similar clothing, take the hat and sunglasses from the Care-Crow and take its place on the outdoor chair.
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    Hold birdseed in each of your hands.
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    Hold still.
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    The birds will not notice the difference between you and the Care-Crow and will land on your hands to feed.

Tips

  • Squirrels may take the birdseed instead of the birds. Don't fight it. You won't win and you'll scare away the birds along with any attempts to frighten away the squirrels. Enjoy the squirrels.
  • Keep or move your Care-Crow out of the wet weather. Wet newspaper and rags will ruin it.
  • Having a bird feeder nearby will actually improve your chances of success rather than lessening them.

Warnings

  • They may be cute, but birds and squirrels and other creatures can carry diseases and parasites, so do be warned. And please wash your hands before eating.

Things You'll Need

  • Two sets of similar pants and long-sleeve shirts.
  • Sunglasses, old human-looking Halloween mask and a hat (optional).
  • An old ball, balloon or sphere about the size of a head.
  • Duct tape, string, a black marker pen.
  • Two Latex gloves.
  • Sand
  • Newspaper, rags.
  • An outdoor chair with arms.
  • birdseed.

Article Info

Categories: Birdwatching