Backyard bird feeding.

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: Backyard bird feeding.
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2004 18:24:41 +1100
Hi All,
Having recently compiled all the data from the 21 years of COG's Garden Bird Survey, I have thought about this but decided against writing a lot about it in my book I published on the subject. Mainly because I don't have hard data on this aspect and so didn't wish to go into that question too deeply, along with data on the population trends of those birds over the 21 years. One of the questions that came up in enquiries though is: "does feeding birds impact on the number around the area?" I think that whether you as one individual do or don't, makes relatively little difference. Mainly because so many other people already do and birds are so mobile. That is what I believe from Canberra, it may be that other cities don't have as many people who like to put out bird food. It is like whether or not you have a cat probably makes little difference, as if you don't, the chances are there is a cat or two belonging to someone, who will infiltrate your area.
One thing that is noticeable is that regardless of how much artificial food is provided (and that is probably more than enough), there is still no shortage of birds feeding naturally as well as or in between supplemental feeding by people.
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