If you dress in the same colour of coat and stand beside the Bird Man, birds will land all over you and feed from you hand. I have even had a woodpecker feed from my hand. The hope is that anyone who experiences the simple joy of sharing with the birds will be better able to appreciate the beauty and importance of nature. In the accompanying picture, I'm the one on the right- your right.
Sadly, Bird Man Feeder (Model 2000-1) stayed with Watershed Farm north of Hammertown on the very crest of the Oak Ridges Moraine. I am not certain what happened too him.
Plans for the 2020 rebirth of the Birdman were sparked during a Christmas walk through the Singleton forest during Christmas. A flock of friendly chickadees swooped in on us a couple of times. Once the small flock landed on my head, shoulders and outstretched hands. I wanted to feel that again and share the experience with the next generations. I also thought that I could build a better Birdman.
There are many Saint Francis legends and some might even be true. One tells of travelling along a road where birds filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to "wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds." The birds surrounded him perhaps intrigued by the power of his voice and apparently not one of them flew away. Saint Francis of Assisi is often portrayed with a birds flocking around him.
There is something almost mystical about bird encounters such as this. The Birdman should make it possible for a few more to feel like Saint Francis of Assisi if only for a little while.