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November 22, 2011


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Stanley Sands

I can't even get Hummingbirds to feed in South Florida. Do they even come here?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Rohrerbot - Outdoor cats are born hunters and do take many birds. Make sure there's no cover right near bird feeders or baths that allow cats to hide. And having some shelter fairly close gives birds a place to escape. Thanks for stopping in again!
Margaret - keep those feral cats up there! I haven't seen any recently, though we had some early in the summer.


I try to avoid trays or other ground-feeding methods that attract the all-too abundant rodents, for which reason feral cats are most welcome in my yard. (That is, unless they get chased away by the intellectually challenged (read "dopey") puppy from next door). My pole feeders, pretty feral cats and birds have so far co-existed without incident. :)


Great tips!! Tomorrow I have a post similiar to what you've written about feral cats!! I have a problem. I started birding and feeding birds this year and I'm a complete amateur BUT I have birds of all kinds visit me and my garden....but the feral cats catch a bird once in awhile and I want it to stop. I'm figuring out ways to keep the birdseed off the ground but the finches keep knocking the seed there so it's tricky to keep off the ground. I'm not a fan of our outdoor cats.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.