Steve Chandler has been feeding native birds from his home at Oakwood Village, Gillieston Heights for as long as he can remember - and just recently he was told to stop.
The daily ritual between 2 and 3pm is a delight for his elderly neighbours and gives birds, struggling to survive during the drought, a better chance of survival.
But according to Oakwood Village Director Russell Potter, it's not on and could be a matter that goes before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Mr Potter claims the influx of birds is causing nesting problems around the village - in particular in and around the community hall.
Mr Potter has letterbox dropped residents saying he insists all residents cease feeding the birds which are also fouling washing and homes.
"There is an open area at the back of the village where birds can be fed," Mr Potter said.
"Some residents are having to get in people to clean their roofs because of the mess the birds are leaving."
Mr Chandler said there's only a handful of residents who feed the birds. "It's mainly lorikeets, magpies, peewees and ducks," he said.
"Some of them even come up and sit on your hand to eat - the grandkids love it.
"There are birds everywhere at the moment because of the drought," he said. "But the ones that are causing the problems in the community centre and to residents' washing are starlings and myna birds which we don't feed.
"There's a duck with one half of a foot missing and I reckon he'd be dead if I didn't feed him," Mr Chandler said.
He said excessive residential development in Gillieston Heights has added to the problem with animals' natural habitats being destroyed and their food and nesting sites being taken away from them.
"I'm going to keep feeding the birds unless I find out that Mr Potter has the authority to tell us not to," Mr Chandler said.
He is so serious about the issue, he has made an appointment to see his solicitor on Monday to check out the legalities behind the situation.