So when their neighbors teamed up to stop the Rockefellers from feeding birds in their own backyard a few months ago, they were confused and upset.
“I feel like we’re getting picked on over here,” said Annette at the time, according to The Record. “To me it’s like, what’s going to be next? I’m going to be walking around my yard in shorts and be told I’m ugly and bringing down property values. You can carry this to ridiculous lengths.”
The neighbors were apparently upset that other animals like squirrels, groundhogs, deer, chipmunks and geese were eating from the feeders and ruining their gardens while passing through.
It got to the point where they were ticketed for feeding animals in their backyard and faced a fine between $250 and $500.
Although it is illegal to feed wild animals in that borough of New Jersey, it’s legal to feed birds from a caged bird feeder. The couple did have a caged bird feeder, but it was filled with peanuts and the environmental health specialist said birds absolutely do not eat peanuts. Any bird lover or casual bird feeder would tell you otherwise. Many birds absolutely love peanuts.
Thankfully, the judge dismissed the case earlier this week and the Rockefellers will be able to keep their feeder.
It’s unfortunate that the couple was put into the situation by their neighbors, and hopefully this case was a one-off thing and all you bird lovers out there will be free to feed your backyard birds undisturbed.