[CT Birds] feed or not to feed?

LaFleur, Roger rlafleur at crec.org
Tue Sep 14 11:58:04 EDT 2010


All birds could use some assistance when it comes to finding food, looks
like your feeders are multi-tasking.

Roger

-----Original Message-----
From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org
[mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Carrier
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Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:42 AM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] feed or not to feed?

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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