Added Nov 20 2014
My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.
Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside watching the wildlife with my pets? I completely understand that just tossing out scraps attracts pests, but the food & water is only set out for as long as I am out there & then I promptly clean up any leftovers. This is also done on my very own property & there are no rules against it in my association by-laws, nor have any neighbors complained.
If this is truly against the law, I guess I'll stop, but I just don't know the extent to which this is an issue. I've been doing this for months & didn't think anything of it. There's a tree right outside our kitchen window that the sparrows & squirrels always hang out in & my pets really enjoy watching them, so I figured offering them a little treat while we're outside would be OK as long as I wasn't making a mess.