When the RSPB announced last week that there was a sharp decline in the number of farmland and woodland birds.
‘I was not surprised.’ – The Belfast Telegraph 2004 July 4th.
Nor I believe was anyone who has even a basic knowledge of ornithology.
I listened to RSPB spokespeople blaming everyone but themselves.
Photo: “Our last blackbird female ‘July 2010′ – Killed by one sparrowhawk in our garden Surrey.” Sent in by Hilary Owen.
Cont: More set aside wild bird seed and game cover crops are planted in Northern Ireland than ever before all to the benefit of our smaller birds.
Farmers and countrymen are doing their bit for conservation, while our bird protection organisations continue to ignore the huge increase in birds of prey.
In fact they actively encourage it. Birds of prey are just that–birds that must prey upon and kill other birds mammals.
The following facts and figures are taken from a couple of recent publications both often quoted by the RSPB. The Sparrowhawk by Ian Newton 1986 and the New Atlas of Breeding birds in Britain and Ireland 1993. Published by TAD Poyser.
2004: There are according to Ian Newton, approx 32,000 breeding pairs of sparrowhawks in Britain. Another 11,000 in Ireland and possibly as many again, single non breeding birds scattered throughout the land.
Note: A breeding pair require 55 kg of meat per year to live on and rear their young. This 55 kg breaks down to approx. 2,200 sparrow sized birds, or 600 birds of the blackbird-thrush size, or 110 size of wood pigeon.
‘Multiply this by only the known number of breeding pairs and we have the incredible figure of 94,600,000 sparrows, or 25,800,000 blackbirds, or 4,730,000 pigeon sized birds!’
“With these facts to hand one must question why the RSPB take no action to deal with the problem?”
One last question – why was the Irish hare given a very rushed protected status recently, as a threatened species, while the bird lobby are currently involved with the reintroduction of the Golden Eagle to Donegal? Answer – The eagle has a favourite prey – the hare.
The Belfast Telegraph 2004 July 4th.
Male summer brilliant black head orange breast white belly.
Similar shape to chaffinch.
In flight showing long white rump. Busy gregarious in winter.
Wonderful sweet Bramblings touching song similar to Greenfinch
of resounding various pitch.
Deep cupped nest built of entwined moss grass and lined with hair feather wool then decorated with bark lichen.
Help Bramblings: Seeds berries insects.
2010: ‘BTO Alert Issued’ – “Struggling Low Numbers of Breeding Birds.”
Severely Slayed Silenced! Disgraceful Red List! What else is new. Brambling Extinct Dead – RSPB – ? “Who Knows Anything…!”
Doug Coupland – “Songbirds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.”
“Enjoy the beauty and soundscape of songbirds. Their help we humans need in clearing up billions of aphids insects slugs bugs creepy crawlies we dont want all without pellets or spraying.” We need songbirds like we need the bees. We are the loser.
A great distraction lifting our spirits we are the better for sharing this world with them –
“NOT ONE Blackbird chick got born this year or hellish prior 3 years! As usual all too damn sad and tragic! Then the blackbird pair ‘that mate for life’ just gone.” Give the killing predator ‘victims’ a chance. Do the RSPB care?
Nothing since no Songbirds for anyone to see or hear and for all the good they do for ‘us’…
One Sparrowhawk pair ‘EAT 55 kg’! – 2,200 Sparrow sized birds – OR 600 Thrush Blackbird OR 110 Wood pigeon – “A Year!” Facts – 2004
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