This was an experiment which hasn't yet proven to be successful, but is still very much in the process. The goal is to train the wild birds to eat out of our hands while we sit on our deck. The method is simple. We made two dummies; one that looks like John and one that looks like Clare. We dressed the dummies up, printed and laminated images of John's and Clare's faces to put on the dummies heads, and put the dummies on the deck. Then we doused the dummies and the railings with bird seed. At first there was nothing. But eventually we had lots of birds eating on the deck and hopping all over the dummies. Now we just have to pick a time either replace the dummies, or join them. I think the important thing is to do it when it's really cold out. The birds are much more bold then. The problem is that it's much less comfortable then. We'll keep updating on the progress of the bird feeder dummy.