Lessons from the Bird Feeder Crowd

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Hummingbird Feeder
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

We have two bird feeders, one for hummingbirds and another for other bird species.  If you have ever fed hummingbirds you know they are territorial.  One will try to monopolize that glorious nectar even to the point of driving others away even though there are also flowers available.

The other feeder is much the same way.  Even though we do sometimes see four birds there, it doesn’t take much to “ruffle somebody’s feathers” and upset the harmony and balance of the feeder.  Birds will actually try to knock others off the feeder.

To accommodate larger birds such as cardinals, red wing blackbirds and even red headed woodpeckers (yes, they even show up at the feeder) as well as a squirrel or two we also set up a tray of birdseed under the feeder.  There is less fighting at the tray but it doesn’t completely keep the larger birds away from the feeder for the smaller birds.

Do you see human behavior in this?  Do we assume the bounty of the Universe is only for us?  Do we believe if others are allowed to partake of this bounty there won’t be anything left for us?   Do we consume more than our share of resources including land, food and water and actively try to deny access to others?  Do we try to knock others off the feeder?  Is this behavior really in keeping with our moral and religious teachings?

I throw these questions out as something to think about.  Comments and discussion are always welcome.



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