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Letter: Bird feeders

Bill Danielson’s column is a joy. His stories and photography are engaging, and I trust his work continues to bring more people to the rewards of watching wildlife.

However, I question the wisdom of encouraging bird feeders in spring and summer. I don’t need the front-page story from a recent Recorder to know we live among bears. Here in Deerfield, I’ve learned that a full seed or suet feeder is not safe between St. Patrick’s Day and Thanksgiving. A bear will rip it up, and return for more, day or night.

But I’m a birdwatcher, so I do feed the birds. We keep a bowl of sunflower seeds just inside our back door. I can reach in, grab a fistful, and throw it in an empty, open tray feeder, or on a nearby potted small spruce tree. Birds are smart, and have learned to check the feeders after I’ve been outside. The bold chickadees will demand seeds if I forget them!

So, use a few seeds, let them run out, and don’t feed the bears.

ROB RANNEY BLAKE

South Deerfield

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