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    Elderly couple to be fined for feeding birds from their own home.

    NewsBird NewsTuesday 25 June 2013
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    Alfred Rockefeller and his wife Annette face up to $500 worth of fines after being handed a summons by the borough of Ramsey in New Jersey in the USA because neighbours are complaining that the bird feeder is attracting nuisance wildlife.
     
    They will appear in court today to answer the summons and they could be facing up to $500 in fines.
     
    Mr Rockerfeller argues that he only does it because ‘It's one of few things I get pleasure out of,’. ‘I can also watch TV. But I prefer to watch the birds.’
     
    They are using wreath feeders that are filled with peanuts. The problem is that these can attract nuisance animals.
     
    Mr Rockfeller is not able to do much else these days. 2 years ago he was made completely homebound and watching the birds eat the peanuts is one of his favourite pastimes.
     
    It is not the first time that the Rockefellers have been in trouble. Previously they spread bird food around their yard however when officials visited their home they were asked to stop. Since moving to a wreath feeder then it seems even this is still causing problems. Recently a wildlife specialist Leo Egan was found photographing it and since then the summons from the court arrived.
    Egan said that the feeder and peanuts are not appropriate for birds and that neighbours claim it is drawing wildlife such as ducks, geese, squirrels, chipmunks and groundhogs which damage the whole area,.
     
    Rockefeller said of Egan “He stated that birds do not eat peanuts” however Rockefeller has a different opinion after watching several species of birds coming to eat. When asked to comment, Egan stated that ‘I don't want to get into the technicalities and adjudicating the case on the phone and in the newspaper,’

    Mr Rockefeller said of the whole affair: ‘I feel like we're getting picked on over here,’ she said. ‘To me it's like, what's going to be next? I'm going to be walking around my yard in shorts and be told I'm ugly and bringing down property values.’
    ‘I feel quite strongly about having to go to court about something that shouldn't be in court,’
    ‘But Leo's got his mind made up.’ 
     
    Social media users reacted with varied opinions. One stated they would like to see evidence that it is peanuts that are attracting groundhogs and chipmunks. 

    Photo: Pixabay
     
    Source: Daily Mail
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