Lady Bug wrote:It's a losing battle. Plant enough for you and the critters.
That's a losing battle too! I don't have enough land, because they will eat all that is provided. If I provided more the bounty would just make them prosper and thrive and have more babies!
When I first started feeding birds, I discovered this the hard way. I was amazed at how quickly the feeders were emptied, so I kept putting out more and more food. I got more and more birds all right, but the new ones were starlings and grackles and morning doves that got attracted to the feast. It got to be a big nuisance as well as going through 50 # bags of birdseed very fast. Eventually I figured out to put out a lot less, tailored much more specifically to what the birds I want around like, with tailored delivery systems (like upside down feeders, etc) and focus more on planting natural food for them. No more nuisance birds.
Moral of the story, you can't fill them up by providing more and more, just attract more...
Cage in what you don't want them to eat.