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    Quote Originally Posted by VergesEngst View Post
    If they cannot fend for themselves, then surely they deserve to die.

    Nothing in nature 'deserves' to live or die. Nature is amoral. If an animal/species survives through the benefaction of another animal or species, then in nature's indifferent eyes that's as valid a means of survival/selection as any other.

    That's why I always laugh at neo-con types talking as though nature 'wants' anything that can die to die. They actually argue against conserving dying species on the misunderstanding that nature 'wants' dying species to become extinct.

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    Hamar Fox, are you familiar with the works of Savitri Devi?

    From reading what you wrote I feel you have a lot in common with her and with myself also.

    http://www.savitridevi.org/

    The only thing in Creation that I feel deserves to die is stupid and greedy Humans that care nothing for Nature except as a means of exploitation.
    "Only through a re-integration of Humanity into the whole of Nature can our People be made stronger."

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    We have quite alot of birds here during the winter, so it is natural for us to feed them ^^ At least when there is a lot of snow.

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    We run two feeders semi continously. Even thought the winters here are mild, there isn't a lot for them to eat.

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    Right now, about a half dozen feeders.........

    Everyday we put out 1 gallon of seed, 65% black oil sunflower, 10% large striped sunflower, and 25% millet & other small seeds.
    In addition we put about a pint and a half of Nijer(thistle )seed for the Finches.
    I've recently had a operation and do not have my Suet feeders out for the Woodpeckers. Ground is frozen and I can't put it up.....DSW is taking care of the feeders while I convalesce. I'll do better in a couple weeks.

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    If they cannot fend for themselves, then surely they deserve to die.
    It depends whether you think they are worthwhile or not. I would like to see the sky filled with bird life and that's why I feed them.

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    I feed the Birds, it is normal for me...but, I also feed my 8 cats to make shure that they don´t kill a bird !

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    Quote Originally Posted by VergesEngst View Post
    If they cannot fend for themselves, then surely they deserve to die.

    Children cannot fend for themselves either.

    I appreciate the color they add to yard in the dead grey of winter. It is an especially beautiful scene after a snowfall, watching the birds in the birdfeeder.

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    Since we've destroyed many of their natural habitats I help to balance it out a bit by occasionally feeding birds in the winter.

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    Is it only my subjective observation or is the blackbird really one of the dumbest birds on earth? Seriously, they always give an impression of complete idiocy: When you drive with the car, they always cross the street like would-be suicides. When you shake with the little finger while sitting in the garden, blackbirds 10 or even 15 meters away flee like as if apocalypse has come. When you give them something to eat, they fight each other fiercely while smaller birds like tomtits, finches or sparrows eat all the food before their eyes. Two days ago, I was walking in our garden to feed the birds when I saw a fat blackbird in the bush next to me, just 15 or 20 centimeters away. The bird gaped at me and I walked by. When I was 5 meters away I looked back and then the bird reacted, and so did all other blackbirds in our garden (10-15 blackbirds). Yes I´m very dangerous, I know my dear blackbird. But 10 seconds earlier, I could have grasped you with no problem and you just looked into my eyes quite unimpressed...



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