[CT Birds] feed or not to feed?
Kathy Van Der Aue
kvda at optonline.net
Tue Sep 14 15:34:33 EDT 2010
I lost six male cardinals to our marauding Cooper's hawk last winter and,
while I know Coops have a tough time in the winter, why don't they seek out
the house sparrows? I examined the location which had been a good on for 35
years and realized that it had become more open with the loss of two shrubs
so, I moved the feeder to a more sheltered location with dense "escape"
plantings nearby and have not seen another dead bird. As a bonus, the
traffic at the feeder increased substantially so I deduce that the birds may
have also realized how exposed the old location had become. I have read
that birds will get about 25% of their food from feeders in the winter so, I
hope this site remains less attractive to accipiters.
Kathy Van Der Aue, Southport, CT
kvda at optonline.net
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrier Graphics" <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
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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
> comes up for me once again.....
> Is it a good idea to attract birds to feeders even though it condenses
> numbers and makes these birds
> more vulnerable to predator attacks? I have been told by experts (those
> should know) that it
> most likely is a wash.
> All summer, I have had a hanging feeder on my cedar tree filled and
> 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
> 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
> hear how others feel about this
> subject and what they might know about it as well for all of us to learn
> Thanks - Paul Carrier
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