Sorry about the neighbour issue. Most birds are willing to feed off the ground, including sparrows. If you can prove to the property manager that you have compromised, and only feed off the ground on posts, tables, tray, windowsills etc, that should be enough I'd have thought.
In reply to Robbo:
Thank you. Yes I though it would be a good idea to stop the ground feeding and decided I would do this anyway as a compromise - the sparrows come to the window too to feed from there too. However I fear this neighbour wants a battle as in his time he has complained about birds nests and such like and I although I have got on with him the past I don't see any reason to give in to him on this matter. In any event we are having a Leaseholder meeting next week with the Managing Agents and I am going to tackle head on and hope for the best. I am not the only Leaseholder who finds him unreasonable.....so I hope the MA's see this too.
In reply to Deborah M:
A family member faced a virtually identical scenario. Good, level headed communication with the management was probably the most important factor, with support of others nearby also playing a part. The agreed solution was to hang 1 feeder in a nearby tree and maintain it in good order, limiting any ground based feeding to a minimum but allowing other birds to come and go as they please. Once this was proven to be effective the feeders were increased to 2. In reality it's impossible to stop a percentage of the feed falling to the ground but it's rapidly cleared by opportunist birds. The complaints continued regardless, but now fell on deaf ears.
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