[CT Birds] feed or not to feed?

Mike Warner mjwarner at optonline.net
Tue Sep 14 12:06:40 EDT 2010


     One of the better feeder locations I have seen was at Shaver's Creek 
Environmental Center near Tussey Mountain, PA.  The only view of the feeder 
is from inside their building at the viewing window.  From that window, 
behhind the feeder,  all you see is bushes, of heights taller than the 
feeder is high.  From outside the building, the feeder is not visible.  The 
bushes surrounding the feeder at the corner of the building connect to the 
shrub/tree line nearby.  The birds have a safe entry/exit route and all 
angles of attack by raptors are thwarted.

Mike Warner
Wilton CT.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carrier Graphics" <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:41 AM
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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