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    If they cannot fend for themselves, then surely they deserve to die.


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    To me it is not about them fending for themselves, it is about showing a appreciation for their being. It is nice thing to see all the birds gathered at the feeders just to watch them and their habits. Adding life to a cold and dark winter day can be quite relaxing and fun.

    Also one of the good things is if you live in a rural area in a house set off the road the birds will leave when someone approaches. It is almost as good as a dog that barks when someone pulls into the drive.

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    I feed them every winter; however, this year there are very few birds here.

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    Humming Bird Feeding

    We feed the birds and the squirrels both, year round. We love to watch them at the feeders. We had quite a few humming birds last summer, and we really enjoyed them. We had trouble finding good humming bird feeders. I bought a beautiful art glass one, but it always leaked. We found the cheaper and ordinary feeders worked best. I like to be sitting in my garden and hear them flying around. Actually sometimes when I am down on my knees working they will fly very close to my head, I think they are curious about what I am doing. They say many birds return to the same place in the summer, so I hope all of mine come back.
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    I give the birds whatever stale bread I haven't eaten. It's something I quite enjoy.

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    Hummingbirds are here.........

    I have a few feeders out for them. And, I'm on the last little bit of seed for the seed eaters. Most of them are the drab cowbirds and redwing black birds.
    I stell have a couple blue jays too, After today, the seed is done. And all but one of the feeders go away to the garage until November. We have one big covered fly through box feeder that I built and set permanently on a post.
    It stays all year. We put our stale bread & cereal in it for the squirrels.

    The hummingbirds will keep us company until the birds of Winter comes back.
    The Wheel of the Seasons turns on & on.

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    Yes, I just posted how I make my lard cakes on Sissi's excellent FEED ANIMALS FOR FREE thread

    I need to get some kind of mesh for my 'hopper'.

    I love making things out of wood and I love to scavenge bits from garden centres, skips and things like that.

    It's a very rewarding hobby as you can see something come together in your head and you know that another living creature will benefit from it.

    Buying feeders and tables from shops is OK but there's nothing as good as seeing your own handy work on your garden and people compliment you on it.

    Oh and our garden opens up to a brook / stream so we get ducks on our garden too which are fun to feed. I even made them a 'house' from drawings I found on the Net but they never went in it.

    I also put out hay for the birds at random places on the garden. It's just the stuff you buy for rabbits from pet shops but I think they could use it for nests and things.
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    I feed the birds and other animals, but not only in winter. Of course in winter it's more important because it's difficult to find the sources of food like insects because nature goes "to sleep". But in summer I like to go to parks and gardens and feed birds there with bread crumbs and the like. In Vienna there is a nice park I like which is called the Swiss park with an enjoyable atmosphere. It has a few small lakes with ducks. I like to go to watch the ducks swimming there. Although those are properly fed already most likely because they are part of the "tourist attraction". However people still gather around to throw pieces from their sandwiches for example.

    Right now it's a very cold winter in Vienna and we have minus temperatures already. It has been snowing heavily and I'm afraid it might freeze and make the ground impenetrable. So I want to buy some seeds soon to place on the window frame and balcony for birds to reach and eat. I'm thinking of poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds. What about fruit seeds? Do birds eat them? I eat a lot of fruit so I want to give the seeds away to the birds if they eat those, because I don't like to waste things... or is it better to buy commercialized bird seeds people use for parrots and exotic birds, as pets? Common birds encountered here are sparrows, pigeons and turtledoves.

    P.S.: If you want to help feed animals, please go to the link here for information how to.
    THINK! It's not illegal yet.

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    I feed them all year round. My garden's a pretty popular spot for wildlife, especially in winter, though. I put some nuts on the ground for the pheasants and partidges, and hang up some nuts for my garden's resident woodpecker, robins, blue tits, chaffinches, coal tits, long tailed tits, sparrows, thrushes, wood pigeons, collared doves, and squirrels

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    If they cannot fend for themselves, then surely they deserve to die.
    Are you for real???

    Sure animals can survive without Human help but when we take virtually every bit of land out there and turn it into a concrete abortion to house Human dross, is it any wonder that our animal cousins are finding it harder to get food?

    Personally I would love to bulldozer every god damned inner city hell hole, dig up their foundations and plant as many trees as possible, reduce the Human dross to virtually nothing and encourage people to develop a greater sense of empathy, understanding and compassion to all our fellow living creatures.

    God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.


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