Imagine asking a starling or cardinal, “Do humans matter?” I am betting they would rather not have us around. But, songbirds do like our feeders come winter.
Every species basically thinks they are the only ones that matter, and all others are either food or a royal nuisance. Can you imagine knowing you are a food source? Where everyday of your life is fleeing from a predator?
Even birds of the same species look at each other as competitors, fighting for food, shelter and territory. Not too different from humans in that regards.
Our backyard birds are often the food source for the raptors. We can make our gardens a little less hospitable for them with strategic landscaping, while still being generous to our songbirds.
On my other blog, I talk a lot about making gardens to encourage wildlife. It is never as important as it has been these last few years. With terrible drought each year, meadows and fields are not producing as plentiful for our songbirds or insects. So any help we can give by planting native seed, nut and nectar producing plants is helpful. Also consider the plants that draw caterpillars to feed and grow too.