My Neighbor and The Bird-feeder
The Situation:So I have this neighbor, a kind and soft-spoken man who proudly tends to his garden and of course, bird-feeder. Every morning he sweeps his already clean driveway and then sits on his porch to admire the birds. His bird-feeder attracts many Blue Jays, Cardinals, yellow-winged things, and more who happily pop a perch to snack, bathe, and say hello by chirping, loudly. Now I don't have anything against birds, nor my neighbor for that matter. In fact, the birds are quite pretty and my neighbor is stubbornly nice.
But did I mention that the birds start their day at 5AM? Well, they do. These birds rise and shine before the sun has even peaked above the horizon. Meanwhile, I am tossing and turning to the sound of "chirp chirpy chripity chirp". My window is tightly shut, my blinds are drawn, I am oh so tired, and yet the birds are having a party. I feel the need - and practically have the right - to complain.
You may begin to wonder or downright assume that live in a rural, country-style neighborhood which, naturally, would attract many birds. The answer to this is no. I actually live in the heart of the city, blocks away from busy Yonge Street. In my neighborhood, the only thing attracting these flocks of birds is the damn bird-feeder.
I decided to do some research before drawing a conclusion. In the process I stumbled across "The Backyard Birder". Key word, "backyard". My neighbor's bird-feeder is most definitely not in his backyard. It is blatantly set up in the middle of his front yard for the world to see, and hear. I know it's not the law for all bird-feeders to be in the backyard only, but shouldn't it be common knowledge? I'm not a bird expert or anything, but wouldn't it be nicer to look out your "back" window or sit on your "back" porch to peacefully admire the birds, without any cars or strangers going by?
Although come to think of it, maybe his bedroom window faces the backyard thus he strategically placed the feeder in the front yard so he wouldn't wake at the crack of dawn. Or maybe he truly does prefer his front yard; but, I dismiss this possibility.
Realistically there is not much that I can do, without being a rude and evil neighbor. However, my options are:
a) Drunkly come home, in a rage, rip the bird-feeder out of the ground and throw it somewhere very far away.
b) Invest in a pair of earplugs, despite their discomfort.
c) Explain the situation to my neighbor and propose that he refills the birdseed after 7am, at least!
d) Live with the chirps for another couple months until I move back to school in the fall.
I have yet to choose an option. Option A is rather appealing but option C and or D would be the kind and "neighborly" thing to do.
Alas, my frustration.