Backyard bird feeding.

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Subject: Backyard bird feeding.
From: "Mike Simpson" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2004 09:23:00 +1100
As another ex-Pom, I also must admit to putting out food for birds from time
to time (mainly to get photo shoots).

I am yet to be convinced that 'wild birds will become dependant upon this as
a food source'. I have fruit trees in my garden which the wild birds (mainly
Rainbow Lorikeets) descend on for a couple of weeks each year, however they
do not then starve for 50 weeks when that food source is no longer
available, they simply find some other food source. I would imagine that,
especially here in S.E.Australia, most species of garden bird would have
little difficulty in finding food.

Here at the base of the Blue Mountains (but still in suburbia), putting out
seed attracts Galahs, Little and Long Billed Corellas, Crested Pigeons,
Rainbow Lorikeets, Spotted Turtle-Doves, Red-rumped Parrots, Eastern
Rosellas and the odd sparrow. 

Regular garden visitors are Common Mynahs, Noisy Miners, Noisy Friar-birds,
Red Wattlebirds, Starlings, Currawongs, Magpies, Mudlarks, Blackbirds and
Grey Butcherbirds but none of these pay any attention to birdseed, yet still
appear to find plenty to eat.

Regards - Mike Simpson, Penrith, NSW

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