Watching for birds

York Press: . .

WHAT a shame that we appear to have lost a great majority of birds from our gardens.

Usually in late August and winter many fly to warmer climes, but where are the blackbirds, tits, starlings and sparrows?

Our bird tables are always laden with nuts, fatballs and birdseed, but this year it has been rarely touched.

The goldfinches have not been seen since September and apart from a lone pigeon yesterday and a robin last week, that is it.

We haven’t seen a thrush for years and the pair of small doves who came regularly up to August, have not been seen since.

So I repeat again. Where are the birds?

Bryan Lawson, Burton Fields Road, Stamford Bridge, York.

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10:31am Thu 19 Dec 13

Kelvar says...

There's plenty here in Haxby! And the hedgerows and garden bushes are full of berries!
There's plenty here in Haxby! And the hedgerows and garden bushes are full of berries! Kelvar

10:55am Thu 19 Dec 13

beretta says...

Our bird feeders haven't been touched for the last couple of weeks, we're in Strensall.
Our bird feeders haven't been touched for the last couple of weeks, we're in Strensall. beretta

1:34pm Thu 19 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

I notice the same lack of birds but on the increase is the army of Cats coming through here. I've not seen a Robin this year either yet, anywhere!
I notice the same lack of birds but on the increase is the army of Cats coming through here. I've not seen a Robin this year either yet, anywhere! ColdAsChristmas

3:22pm Thu 19 Dec 13

roadwars says...

Too many un-natural predators; cars, cats, glass windows, slug pellets, pest control bait, "fieldsport" participants...etc.
Don't know that we can do much about cars and glass windows but the others could be better controlled.
It may not be all bad news though, the lack of birds on bird-tables could simply be due to a fairly mild season and plenty of natural food still being available.
Too many un-natural predators; cars, cats, glass windows, slug pellets, pest control bait, "fieldsport" participants...etc. Don't know that we can do much about cars and glass windows but the others could be better controlled. It may not be all bad news though, the lack of birds on bird-tables could simply be due to a fairly mild season and plenty of natural food still being available. roadwars

7:56am Fri 20 Dec 13

CaroleBaines says...

Our tables are constantly visited by greenfinches, goldfinches, sparrows, great, coal and blue tits, tree sparrows etc. A constant stream of visitors, although I admit we do have a lot of feeders!

The secret is sometimes to wait. Birds need to find the feeders and once visited will return.
Our tables are constantly visited by greenfinches, goldfinches, sparrows, great, coal and blue tits, tree sparrows etc. A constant stream of visitors, although I admit we do have a lot of feeders! The secret is sometimes to wait. Birds need to find the feeders and once visited will return. CaroleBaines

1:00pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Sillybillies says...

The missing birds must be in my garden.
Usually in late August and winter many fly to warmer climes, but where are the blackbirds, tits, starlings and sparrows?

We have all of these and many more species, and many starlings migrate as they've always done.
The missing birds must be in my garden. [quote]Usually in late August and winter many fly to warmer climes, but where are the blackbirds, tits, starlings and sparrows?[/quote] We have all of these and many more species, and many starlings migrate as they've always done. Sillybillies

1:13pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Big Bad Wolf says...

roadwars wrote:
Too many un-natural predators; cars, cats, glass windows, slug pellets, pest control bait, "fieldsport" participants...etc.
Don't know that we can do much about cars and glass windows but the others could be better controlled.
It may not be all bad news though, the lack of birds on bird-tables could simply be due to a fairly mild season and plenty of natural food still being available.
Field Sport Participants actually help the bird population.

Cover Crops (areas of seed barring crops) are planted to provide food and a vast majority of the birds shot are released by the shoot in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: Too many un-natural predators; cars, cats, glass windows, slug pellets, pest control bait, "fieldsport" participants...etc. Don't know that we can do much about cars and glass windows but the others could be better controlled. It may not be all bad news though, the lack of birds on bird-tables could simply be due to a fairly mild season and plenty of natural food still being available.[/p][/quote]Field Sport Participants actually help the bird population. Cover Crops (areas of seed barring crops) are planted to provide food and a vast majority of the birds shot are released by the shoot in the first place. Big Bad Wolf

8:26pm Fri 20 Dec 13

roadwars says...

Big Bad Wolf wrote:
roadwars wrote:
Too many un-natural predators; cars, cats, glass windows, slug pellets, pest control bait, "fieldsport" participants...etc.
Don't know that we can do much about cars and glass windows but the others could be better controlled.
It may not be all bad news though, the lack of birds on bird-tables could simply be due to a fairly mild season and plenty of natural food still being available.
Field Sport Participants actually help the bird population.

Cover Crops (areas of seed barring crops) are planted to provide food and a vast majority of the birds shot are released by the shoot in the first place.
Agreed, in some cases, but managing a desert wasteland of just Fowl, bracken and heather does not create a rich habitat for nature.
[quote][p][bold]Big Bad Wolf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: Too many un-natural predators; cars, cats, glass windows, slug pellets, pest control bait, "fieldsport" participants...etc. Don't know that we can do much about cars and glass windows but the others could be better controlled. It may not be all bad news though, the lack of birds on bird-tables could simply be due to a fairly mild season and plenty of natural food still being available.[/p][/quote]Field Sport Participants actually help the bird population. Cover Crops (areas of seed barring crops) are planted to provide food and a vast majority of the birds shot are released by the shoot in the first place.[/p][/quote]Agreed, in some cases, but managing a desert wasteland of just Fowl, bracken and heather does not create a rich habitat for nature. roadwars

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