A nest of fledgling blackbirds in the honeysuckle has just been pinpointed by a pair of sparrow hawks and I have now found an additional three dead adult blackbirds, presumably all with young in the nest.
I have never seen sparrow hawks in my garden until this year. I rather think they have been attracted by the adjacent farm which, for some reason, has decided to put up a decoy to attract birds and then shoot them.
They say it is pigeons, but what is the point of attracting them in open countryside to fire at them? The dead and dying birds as a result of this have almost certainly attracted the sparrowhawks along with other carrion.
The balance has been totally upset. I am also incensed that farmers can apparently shoot birds with impunity during the breeding season, thus leaving young to wither in the nest.
The previous farmer in his 30 plus years before retirement never found it necssary to shoot anything. What has changed?
“THE RSPB SHOULD AND HAS TO BE MUCH MORE VOCIFEROUS ABOUT THE LOSS OF ALL ‘OUR’ GARDEN SONGBIRDS – AND ABOUT ‘ALL’ THESE ISSUES.” BUT, THEY ARE NOT.
RSPB – “TELL ME WHY NOT ?” AS – I AM NOW ALREADY – AN EX-MEMBER OF ‘YOURS’ –
Photo: Baby Blackbird BUT they so sadly ‘DIDN’T’ Make It To Being An ‘Adult’ BLACKBIRD…
With My VERY Best Wishes – TO SONGBIRDS-SLAUGHTER.ORG.UK and for what you are all doing and in trying – “TO SAVE OUR POOR LOST GARDEN SONGBIRDS” – FROM “YES” IT IS THEIR – ‘SONGBIRDS EXTINCTION.’
– Jacqueline; Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire.
Photos: Blackbird nest raided and destroyed by ‘One Magpie’ – Leaving – FIVE DEAD – Their Blackbird baby chicks and broken eggs – ALL ‘WERE’ KILLED !
News – 2011 July 6: - The Ultra Tiny – BEE HUMMINGBIRD’ – Weighs As Much As ‘A Lump of Sugar.’
It measures two -and-half ins (6cm) in length. The tiny bee hummingbird lives in Cuba and lays the smallest eggs of any bird. The minute Songbird can fly backwards, forwards, sideways and hover motionless for up to one hour. ‘The tiny bee hummingbird can also beat their wings 90 times a second!’
Migration: Tiny Songbirds and Warblers weighing only a few grams – How do they manage to navigate such huge distances -
To find their way along a compass bearing direction. Being able to detect earths magnetic field?
Somehow experiencing different sensation when facing north or south. Even when the tiny songbirds reach their destination they rely only on memory of visual landmarks to guild them. ‘Songbirds unrecognised abilities and complex aspects of migration.’
We have to appreciate them – Garden Songbirds and their behaviour ever more.
“Awe-inspiring mysterious even to our human understanding.” – ‘The Twilight of ‘our’ Songbirds!’ - WHY?
News – 2010 August 6 Metro: FOREST’S DEATH.
Nearly 80 per cent of the animal and plant species in the world’s rainforests may be extinct in 90 years research suggests. Wildlife will have to adapt or die in the face of deforestation and climate change –and just 18 per cent could remain by 2100 said US ecologists.
I TOO AM – “Horrified At The Carnage In My Garden This Year !” – The RSPB ‘2011’ “MUST AND HAS TO BE – MORE VOCIFEROUS” – OR IT IS EXTINCTION ! – NOW “IT IS ‘EXTINCTION’ FOR ALL BRITAIN’S GARDEN SONGBIRDS…!”
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