Thank you RSPB for writing to me at such length. Of cause I appreciate that as an -
RSPB Member. Reply 2004 – To RSPB: “A Songbird Observer.”
You write that yours is a scientific approach. Is it? I believe RSPB has relied upon inter alia and has quoted from Ian Newton’s – ‘The Sparrowhawk’ –
‘Published over two decades ago’ – ‘In 1983…!’
His findings are correct a pair of breeding sparrowhawks must kill ‘in one year’ – over 2000 birds of sparrow size or 600 of blackbird/thrush size in order to survive for a year and rear young.
Then their increasing numbers (of sparrowhawks) will be causing massive havoc amongst smaller Songbirds?
You write that importantly scientific evidence shows that underlying causes such as loss of habitat (what others?) are a greater problem affecting songbird numbers.
So these (same problems) don’t affect – sparrowhawk numbers then?
You ask me – ‘How can you say the Society is not protecting our songbirds.’ Well I do sir!
Photo: Savi’s Warbler= ‘Present Numbers Unknown?’
Diminutive tiny Warblers Are ALL of ‘Serious Conservation Concern’ UK! Britain this IS ‘Sickening – And A Shambolic Shambles. Hopeless The RSPB…!’
If RSPB considers this level of carnage to be a just balance between the survival of sparrow hawks whose value to the natural order is measured solely in minuses, or have they pluses? Against the survival of songbirds eating billions of our slugs bugs beetles and a myriad of our unwanted creepy pests.
As all these pests are eating our food and plant stocks. So ‘we’ and farmers have no choice but to use slug pellets and spray with chemicals!
‘Then you must be aware you are sure to be widely out of step with the society that you seek to represent?’
‘Our songbirds’ – that enhance our gardens so greatly.
Striking male black head wings tail. Orange-red chest mottled brown back, white sides neck wings rump. Flicking little wings. Dainty dancing song and flight.
In – Spring darker than Whinchats. Perky loud calls sounding like two stones tapped together.
Help Stonechats: Autumn seeds berries. Need dense shrubs gorse to build nest of grass moss lined with hair wool feathers. Grassland and any wasteland.
Little tiny Stonechats – ? WHY have ‘WE’ Allowed This – Bleakness!
‘We are in dire need of Garden Songbirds they eat billions of our slugs bugs insect pests. Were obligated to help them in this ‘our’ plight just like the bees…’
Cont: Sixty years ago in this country I recall thrushes and blackbirds in the garden ahead numerically of all but house sparrows and starlings – I had never seen a sparrowhawk until just over a decade ago in 1993.
At that time around 1990 Mistle Thrushes regaled us at this time of year annually. Every morning from treetops of pine trees and of cause each one a ‘sitting duck’ to the marauding sparrowhawks that appeared on the scene at about that time.
Today and for over the last 5 years we have heard - NOTHING. NO Mistle Thrush! A song thrush is an absolute rarity – although snails abound!
You write a lot about loss of habitat as a reason affecting songbird numbers.
‘WE’ fail to see your argument. Why don’t these – ‘same dilemmas’ affect in proportion namely then the ‘sparrowhawk’ numbers…?
“That old chestnut is simply NOT SO in this county and specifically in my immediate surroundings. There is a mass of cover here probably more than there was sixty years ago! With also the expanse of a golf course alongside us – …”
“It should be filled with bird song and the help they give us ‘without-spraying’ in devouring all our unwanted garden and farm pests.” Cont -
Little whinchats broad white outter stripe around eyes neck.
Apricot orange-chest streaked brown back white wing patch. Black bill and legs.
Hops runs ground perching low bushes. Ground nest of dead grass moss lined fine grasses hair.
Singing jolly huskily from low branches.
2008-2009: ‘A Really Shocking 60% – Dead! – ‘decline…’
“Disappeared for many years – Serious Downward trend.”
Our Disappearing Sabotaged Whinchat? The Twilight of ‘our’ Songbirds.
Help Whinchats: Insects, caught in flight like flycatchers, larvae seeds berries.
Need rough grassland scrubby gorse.
Cont: – RSPB – Since 1954 – With your added legal protection and support for sparrowhawks. “They have invaded!”
‘So too it must be added have legions of grey squirrels not seen at all those sixty years ago.’
And the armies of magpies seen now just everywhere. Again sparsely numbered in those days; both these predate eggs and killing the young all year round not just – ‘in the breeding season.’
Nature is harsh a quite mindless arbitrator as I know you realise and left to itself it does not have the ability to find balance.
That’s without mankinds added ‘protection’ for – their chosen species.
I cannot believe the RSPB is prepared to let sparrowhawks diminish their food stock by letting songbird numbers get to such a low level (as now) that they can no longer find enough songbirds to sustain themselves. With ultimately all hawk species then dieing off.
You state that sparrowhawks are the least of songbird’s problems! Songbirds visiting my garden regularly and though out the day. Every time a hawk appears all the birds scatter, screeching agitatedly on each occasion fleeing the scene for dear life.
There can be no greater problem for any songbird – it would be so for you and me – threatened with death on a routine basis three or four times every day and even more often.
If the RSPB is to perform in a worthwhile manner. Do get to grips with this appalling misconception that it is safe to leave this matter NOW to – ‘Nature!’
Remember the RSPB HAS ‘Interfered.’
Written in the year 2004 – By ‘RSPB Member.’
Albert Einstein - “Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
Migration: “Tiny Songbirds weighing only a few grams – How do they manage to navigate such huge distances.” Being able to detect earths magnetic field?
‘Somehow experiencing different sensation when facing north or south.’
To find their way along a compass bearing direction?
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 and their behaviour ever more.
“Awe – inspiring mysterious even to our human understanding.”
‘Garden Birds Terrorized’ – Sparrowhawks + Magpies Killing! – RSPB “Head in the sand approach to Songbirds Decline!” – RSPB Member – 2004!
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