Skip to comments.Ramsey couple facing fine over bird feeder (New Jersey)
Posted on 06/26/2013 1:50:57 PM PDT by lowbridge
The bird feeder in Alfred and Annette Rockefeller's back yard attracts five different species of birds. A Ramsey couple are facing up to $500 in fines for their bird feeder, above, which has drawn complaints from neighbors. The borough has an ordinance against feeding wildlife, and an official said the feeder draws other animals.
It has also drawn the attention of borough officials, who issued the couple a summons for feeding wildlife after receiving complaints from neighbors.
Alfred Rockefeller, 77, who is disabled and homebound, said feeding the birds is one of his few joys since he became confined to his Cobblestone Lane home two years ago.
But the borough's environmental health specialist, Leo Egan, said that the wire wreath-style feeder filled with peanuts hanging beside the couple's deck is not appropriate for birds.
"He stated emphatically that birds do not eat peanuts," said Rockefeller.
Now, the Rockefellers must appear in court Tuesday to answer the summons issued on May 2 by borough police which could result in a fine of $250 to $500.
Neighboring towns, including Allendale and Mahwah, say they have laws against feeding wildlife but summonses are uncommon.
The Rockefellers said they used to spread bird food on the ground, but borough officials visited their home and said that was not allowed. In response, they bought the hanging feeder last fall.
Several months later, Rockefeller glanced out the window and saw Egan in his yard clutching a camera. Soon after, the summons arrived.
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He’s objecting to the feed, not the feeder.
This is what $12,000 per year property taxes bring.
The Potentates of the People’s Republics of Northeastern America always seem to find a way to reach new levels of dipshittery.
Birds do eat peanuts
I have woodpeckers, blue jays, tufted titmice, & nuthatches that all love peanuts
the guy who made that statement should be fired for incompetence!!
I visited my sister and bil several years ago when they were living in NJ in an upscale neighborhood that was absolutely overrun by deer. Hundreds, and they ate everything in a yard. Defacto animal feeding.
Step into my backyard without my permission and I guarantee you will be leaving on a gurney.
I don’t recall saying I was going to enter your backyard.
It takes a real assclown to steal one of the few remaining joys from a 77 year old man...
I hope his house catches fire to give him something important to bitch about...
He’s just getting ready to carry that to a squirrel buddy of his...
PS - Nice photo!
Not as weird as it sounds. Bears eat a lot of things that aren't what you'd expect. Hummingbird feeders are filled with a sugar/water mixture, and bears love sweet stuff.
They also like corn, something I found out when a bear ripped up my metal deer feeder. Go figure...
Or for those who prefer the musical version: Professor Tom Lehrer - Comments on the enthusiasm Pigeons have for Peanuts
“Worried that the bird feeder is going to attract bears...”
It’s a good thing the homeowner isn’t filling his feeder with Skittles...could be attracting another kind of wildlife.
All I have to say is... "S..S..S"
I learned from an ornithologist that Chickadees love peanuts. I used to stand, very still, near my feeder with a handful of peanuts and a Chickadee would always land on my hand to get one.
People moved into the deers home territory and planted food for them.
How is the different from government handing out food stamps?