Do you put out food for the birds during winter? Or any other time?
I used to, till I got sick of the birdshit that piled up in the vicinity of the feeder. I had the feeder outside the kitchen window. The idea was to watch the sparrows -or whatever they were- feeding.. But the sparrows -or whatever they were – would panic as soon as anyone entered the kitchen and fly away. The only exceptions were the bluejays. No panic for them! They hardly noticed me. They would hang off the feeder with what I thought was an arrogant expression, kind of a Robert Di Niro shtick; “You lookin;’at me?? Well, I’m the only one here”.
I gave up on the feeder after a couple of years but there still seem to be a huge number of birds in the yard. I have robins as big as chickens. I have lots of hummingbirds, nasty little creatures that fly near your eyes in a threatening manner. (Yes!) One time I saw a spectacular yellow and black bird that I still haven’t identified.
My neighbors’ cats like to hang in my backyard also, because it’s fenced and safe from dogs. (MY dogs couldn’t be bothered.) I’ve also had skunks, coons and a couple of bears. But the yard is primarily a bird sanctuary. Invited or not, they will come.