Date: 2/16/18 12:05 pm From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...> Subject: Re: [GeneseeBirds-L] Back yard birds
This discussion brings up a larger issue, alluded to by Paul Fuhrman, namely the severe, negative impact deer herbivory has on native plant communities when deer numbers become imbalanced as they are in most areas of WNY. When my neighbors tell me they buy heads of lettuce in the winter time to set out for the poor deer, I wonder at the Disneyesque view too many of us have of the natural world, and conclude that it represents a widespread failing of our educational system in basic biology/ecology training.
Re the deer slobber question, I have an open two wooden bowls feeder (top bowl larger) connected by wood rod. Deer have lapped sunflower/safflower seed from this feeder with no effect of later fillings being shunned by the usual visitors: chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals. Perhaps feeder design has something to do with how much slobber is deposited that results in shunning.