BLAME THE GULLS - Daily Mail 2001 September: By J Erskins.
Demise of our songbirds has nothing to do with modern farming or changes in the weather. I was brought up on farms working on them for 30 years so know a lot about wildlife and farming in general.
‘Take it from me that unless we have a cull of magpies, crows, grey squirrels and seagulls there will soon be none of the aforementioned songbirds left.’
I took my dog for walks across the fields near where we live. The trees and hedgerows go all the way round the fields except for the gateways.
This spring I witnessed two blackbird pairs and one thrush make nests there. A magpie started making its nest in a sloe tree next to the gateway about 100m from
the songbirds nests.
‘Not one pair brought any young up from their nests and I saw magpies eating the thrush eggs.’
“I have seen squirrels eating the songbird eggs, attack the chicks and I have watched them trying to bury the eggs under leaves.”
‘I have also witnessed seagulls eating lapwing peewit and skylark eggs.’
‘The gulls now outnumber the rooks that used to follow the plough; some of our paddocks that the skylark used to nest in are now overrun with gulls.’
So don’t blame our farmers or the change in the weather just like the ‘RSPB’ repeatedly does. Blame the do-gooders who say we must not kill anything? Forgetting what they and most humans – ‘eat!’
2001: ‘If nothing is done there will be no more dawn chorus that we have known and loved.’ Daily Mail -
2001 September - J Ershins, Harlow, Essex
Photos: Blue Tit= chicks; BTO 2010: Blue Tit – “Rapid Serious Decline” – Numbers Plunge ‘DEAD’ By 45%…!
One of our so many attractive gorgous tiny little British songbirds that were losing. Beautiful yellow blue white feathers.
Regular user of nest boxes so check out a design to make some. In return you’d get a great all year round garden songster to listen to.
Harmonious happy Blue Tits with short undulating flight. Nest 12 days to make inside trees pipes wall holes and in ground.
‘Our’ stylish splendidly serene confident cheerful songster. One of Britain’s favourites.
“But appallingly now being ‘Killed-off-Silenced’ especially by rural and urban predation!”
Help Blue Tits:
Insects grubs spiders smaller seed winter fat balls mealworms cream. If you’d like to attract blue tits into your garden they especially love peanuts sunflower hearts millet so add some to your feeders today!
‘Enjoy adept clinging hanging on little acrobats.’
Invertebrates: Caterpillars larvae spiders flies berries fruit high energy-elderberry.
Prone Songbird predation (killing) from – Magpies Cats Grey-Squirrels Sparrowhawks Crows Fox, etc…
2010 BTO – Warning Decline of the Blue Tit.
“Would astonish many songbird lovers. Shocking study shows many songbirds are vanishing from Britains bird tables and feeders at an alarming rate!”
Modern feeders changes in bird feeding are threatening species.
‘‘Four times as many Great Spotted Woodpeckers now use gardens feeders than at the start of this survey’’ -
Great Spotted And All Woodpeckers – Raid Bird Nests – And ‘eat’ – Adult And Their – Chick Songbirds…!
“Cull Magpies, Grey-Squirrels, Hawks, Crows, Gulls,” ETC… Or ‘NO’ Songbirds ‘2001′ ! – “Will Be Left For Future – Britain…!”
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