Vaguely on the topics of
artificial foods for birds (and birds eating unusual items), on Thursday at the
end of lunchtime, I saw a Red Wattlebird on the ground feeding from a plastic
wrapper some student had dropped. The wrapper was the covering for an iced
donut, and the RWB had its head inside, and its tongue was working madly against
the icing stuck on to the plastic. Not something I'd seen
I as a wildlife carer know
that people will always be feeding our wildlife. I would rather tell them what
to feed the birds than them feeding the wrong foods. People feed Lorikeets
seed, when they are nectar feeders?? They lose the bristles on the tips of
their tongues by eating just seed. I also let people know a small parrot mix
is best for seed eating birds and you can get a dry nectar powder from pet
shops for Lorikeets, honeyeaters and Wattlebirds, they love the dry powder.
Bread, honey, sugar, milk, cheese, bacon, processed meats, are ALL VERY BAD
for birds. You all would be so suprised to hear what people will feed birds??
All of the above and more. I have made up an information leaflet for people
who ask me. I'd rather they feed something that wont harm the bird too much
and they shouldn't feed for long periods otherwise the birds wont look for
food for themselves.
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