As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 9 February 2014

Residents act after man’s mass bird feedings leave town covered in feces

By Will Lerner14 hours ago

Michael Victor owns a boatyard in Hempstead, New York. His neighbors, Jeremy and Lara Sessler claim that every day Victor would take out wheelbarrows ofcornmeal and feed hundreds of birds. WCBS New Yorkreports that because of this, the multitude of pigeons, geese, and swans would leave behind quite the mess. To counteract becoming known as the bird crap capital (crapital for short) of New York, the Hempstead Town Board unanimously passed a new law that will go after property owners who, “attract many bids with large amounts of food.”

“Extreme bird feeding,” (which is also the least popular X Games event), was becoming an issue worth the attention of local government, according to Supervisor Kate Murray. Newsday reports that before the vote was held, she told those assembled, “Overfeeding in residential neighborhoods and near waterways results in attracting huge numbers of 'nuisance birds' to areas where neighbors live, work and raise their families.”

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