I recently moved to a new house and discovered my neighbour enjoys feeding the local birds. My neighbour uses hanging feeders and an open dish on a table with seed. A week or two after moving in I discovered rats nesting between our gardens, this was promptly dealt with and the area cleared which was overgrown and contained old bricks etc. I have replaced our fencing and our gardens are separated, my neighbour continues to feed as she always has but I notice that sometimes seed in the open dish is left out overnight. Is it common for seed to be left out overnight and common for seed to be put out as my neighbour is doing? I am asking because I feel I have lost some objectivity and fear I am worrying over not much at all. My neighbour does end up feeding a fair number of pigeons so I think the seed amount going out is a bit excessive although I think my neighbour usually feeds just once a day. Any comments or feedback gratefully received. I have spoken to my neighbour but I am afraid she doesn’t see an issue with the feeding and has said that she has had rats visiting for many years, we are in a rural location. Should I just let things be?
In reply to Robbo:
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
Though we don't have a rat problem, we actively liaise with neighbours to ensure that they don't become a problem by keeping the ground as clear as possible, plus using trailcams to monitor the wildlife in the garden 24/7.
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