Vaudreuil-Dorion limits birdfeeders to two per house
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Vaudreuil-Dorion council agreed with residents who feel large numbers of birdfeeders attract unwanted additional wildlife to the area and lead to excessive bird excrement on neighbouring homes.
Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted a resolution at the Monday evening meeting on July 3 to limit the number of birdfeeders to two at each private residence. The measure aims to reduce the amount of birds that congregate around the feeders and especially at neighbouring properties that don’t have them. The resolution was proposed by District 2 Councillor François Séguin who said he’s received complaints from area homeowners. He was told that people with many feeders attract a lot of birds that begin to converge on neighbouring rooftops.
While the feeders attract small birds, they also bring in larger species like pigeons and grackles that scour the ground for fallen seeds, said Mayor Guy Pilon. They are more aggressive, pushing away smaller birds and producing more waste.
One lady called the city to complain about an estimated 15 birdfeeders within a 200 square-foot area and the number of birds that roost on top of her black roof. “They go to her roof because it’s warm. It’s a real mess. Can you imagine what it would be like if you have a condo or a townhouse and everyone put out three, four or five feeders?” the mayor asked rhetorically.
“People are fed up not because the birds are being fed, but because the birds are doing their business on their neighbour’s roofs, patios, driveways and cars. We don’t mind if people have two feeders, but not more than that otherwise they attract birds that we don’t want to see in our residential areas,” Pilon told The Journal.