‘Black Tearing Though Sky Amazing Scimitar ‘Swift’ Boomerangs Screaming Past At Breakneck Speed.’
Slim tapering body and – Spectacularly long scythe-like wings are key – Identification.
Along with the Swifts short forked tail.
‘Young swifts emerge from their nests probably never landing again for -
Two to three years.’
“Eating sleeping and doing ‘every-single-one-thing’ everything else wholly on the wing.
Then – Landing again only for nesting.”
Singing in flight or while perched twittering at their nest carries on all summer.
Though never perch on wires like – Swallows. 2011 November 4th.
“Because Swifts have the longest wings the shortest legs of any Songbird.” Arrival early May and bleakly gone by August. Flying all that way home again to winter in Africa.
Help Swifts: Insects flies spiders beetles aphids caught in flight. Nesting plant material and feathers. Provide muddy areas for them to use for their nests.
On – ‘Amber List’ ? Believe it_If you can? We Do NOT! They really mean – DEAD… Soon to be ‘Extinct…’ Truth. Is So Bleak – AND – Depressing.
“A Human-Induced Mass Extinction Is Taking Place…” Read below -
William Shakespeare: - “Nature Teaches Beasts To Know Their Friends.”
- ‘SONGBIRDS’ – “SAVE OUR GARDEN SONGBIRDS…”
“It is illegal in the UK to knowingly ‘disturb’ nesting birds so its best to keep away from nests in the breeding season.” – ‘Even if the adult in not sitting do not attempt a close look as your presence may well alert predators to the existence of the nest.’ There is a real risk that the bird will desert the nest if you disturb it and if there are young in the nest on the point of fledgling there’s a greater risk they may flee which could endanger their survival.
“Always only watch a nest ‘if you have to’ and from a safe distance keeping its location secret from others. Not everyone sadly has the best interests of wild birds at heart.” – As Egg Collectors are – Still Stupid Selfish and Active.
2012 February 19: The Observer - By John Vidal. – “Angry Birds?” – These Lost Birds Have Every Right To Be – ‘angry’ …
Human greed and thoughtlessness are responsible for the loss of species that could have been saved, and the extinction rate is increasing alarmingly. Here are just a few we have already nearly lost forever…
Songbirds such as larks, blackbirds, linnets, finches, thrushes, pipits, wren,s redstarts, tits, warblers, wagtails, skylarks, woodlarks, are just some of over a hundred different species that were once a beautiful part of nature. Adding to nature’s and our own wonderful soundscape.
“1,000 bird species known by exhibits, written accounts, illustrations, skeletons, eggs or sub-fossil remains to have existed but which have vanished in the last 700 years.” Julian Hume research fellow at the Natural History Museum. –
“The sheer magnitude of bird extinctions that have taken place is shocking.”
Many more recently extinct species await description and a number of critically endangered species will probably disappear in the next decade. – “A Human-Induced Mass Extinction Is Taking Place…”
In the last millennium the impact of humans on the natural world has accelerated out of control at a rate unprecedented in the earths long history. Before humans evolved on the planet mass extinction events were caused by things like – extra-terrestrial impacts, volcanism and changes of climate and sea level.
“Now we recognize a new agent of mass destruction – Ourselves.” - ‘SONGBIRDS’ – “SAVE OUR GARDEN SONGBIRDS…”
‘Conservation International’ Will Turner – “When a bird species goes we are all diminished.” - “Organisms are all connected to each other. Lose one species and it can have an effect on many others. When the dodo went it meant that a tree could no longer disperse its seeds. Take one piece out and the entire system becomes less resistant. Gradual loss of species can result in decreased resilience and productivity.”
Martin Fowlie of BirdLife International: The organisation that assesses bird populations worldwide. “The natural rate of bird extinctions is about one per century.”
“But in the last 30 years 21 bird species are known to have become extinct and 189 are classed as – on the very edge of extinction.”
“Most of these could be lost forever without immediate action within 10 years.”
“Usually mass extinctions take place over millions of years. Nothing has ever happened like this. They are being lost at an irreplaceable rate.
One in eight of all the words 9.920 bird species are “threatened.”
‘381’ are classed as “endangered” a further ‘683’ are – “vulnerable.” In fact a lot of bird species have been saved.
We Know What To Do, We Understand What The Problem Is, We Only Need Action And The Money.’
- – “It Is Possible That ‘JUST’ £20 Million Would Save Them All”…
Biodiversity is under massive threat everywhere with amphibians, mammals and bees in the frontline as the worlds remotest places are developed for mining, forestry, and habitations or are severed by roads.
But no vertebrate has suffered more than birds, which have evolved over millions of years from dinosaurs and which specialised in certain foods and habitats. Because they are relatively large, conspicuous and are mostly active by day they have been long prized by humans for food, collections and their cultural connection.
Most threatened bird species are in the tropics because that is where there is most biodiversity, but loses in the last 200 years have been distributed widely across the Pacific, Latin America and Africa. Such is the rate of deforestation and intrusion into earths last wild areas that huge numbers of species other than birds are being lost before they are even recorded.
George Orwell: - “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals.”
As it’s songbirds that need protecting for the last 40 years ! Songbirds kept down all our garden pests. We are in dire need of Garden birds –
They consume clearing up billions of all our ‘our’ unwanted slugs, snails, creepy crawlies, insects, bugs, beetles, aphids, caterpillars, spiders, gnats, leather jackets, moths, flies, plus a myriad of our unwanted insect pests.
“Cleaning our soil of all trash viruses.” People spray with too many poisons and use truly dreadful ‘slug pellets’ that then poisons Songbirds and their chicks when fed these dead pests.
‘One pair of blue tits alone need 15,000 insects a season to survive. These numbers of insects taken out compete with all our ‘spraying’ any day of the week, our costs and shocking cost to songbirds!’ But ‘we’ are the poorer – Humans are part of this world not just on it for the ride!
Help Swifts – “These Fantastic Fabulous And – ‘Threatened’ Songbird Species” -
Swifts – “Tearing Though Sky Scimitar Boomerangs ‘Swifts’ Screaming Past At Breakneck Speed.” - ‘SONGBIRDS’ “SAVE OUR GARDEN SONGBIRDS…” -View – swift-conservation.org
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