[CT Birds] feed or not to feed?
carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 14 11:41:55 EDT 2010
To feed birds or not is the question.
I have a bird feeder up and filled throughout the year, but that old question
comes up for me once again.....
Is it a good idea to attract birds to feeders even though it condenses their
numbers and makes these birds
more vulnerable to predator attacks? I have been told by experts (those who
should know) that it
most likely is a wash.
All summer, I have had a hanging feeder on my cedar tree filled and visited
greatly from the bird population
within my area. Even a red squirrel visits daily. However: I also have a
resident Coopers Hawk about, and
this hawk has had fantastic luck catching M Doves and others such as Blue jays
under the feeder.
How do i know? because he leaves many of their scattered breast and flight
feathers behind. So far this
summer i have found over 6 Dove and 2 Jay feather piles under the feeder.
Are we helping or hindering our bird friends by feeding them? i would love to
hear how others feel about this
subject and what they might know about it as well for all of us to learn from.
Thanks - Paul Carrier
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