Adaptive Control -Stability, Convergence, and Robustness by S. Sastry, M. Bodson

By S. Sastry, M. Bodson

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Where they are a menace, avoid leaving food on the ground and use a bird table that cats cannot reach. Place feeders at a height and away from places where they lurk. Make good use of spiny bushes at the base of feeders, and position nest boxes away from cats. You can also install electronic cat deterrents. Sparrowhawks are a natural threat to smaller birds, but you should not discourage them from visiting your garden. They are a sign of a healthy threats to garden birds 61 Predator on the prowl It is best to avoid placing nest boxes and feeders where cats have easy access.

Cheese Stale (but not mouldy) cheese can be grated and put out for birds. It is rich in protein. Potatoes Cooked potatoes are a regular leftover, which can be put to good use on the bird table. Cake Cake is fine for birds, but only put out small amounts, as it is not particularly nutritious. Rice Cooked, unflavoured rice is a popular bird table treat. It is a particular favourite of Starlings. Fruit Any fruit that is starting to soften or brown will make a fine meal for birds. 54 birds in your garden Water It is easy to concentrate on providing food for birds and forget that water is equally important.

Moreover, they kill only for food, preying on the surplus population of weaker birds. 50). Garden birds face threats from humans, too. Not cleaning feeders and bird tables regularly could lead to diseases in garden birds, which can then spread among populations. Refer to the RSPB website for more information on this. Another threat comes from the use of pesticides, which can kill insects – vital food for birds. Avoid cutting back, or removing, trees and hedges between March and August, which is the breeding time for birds.

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