Hardly any birds?

I would say that there could be two possible reasons:

1. A lot less food dropped by people out and about.
2. The decimation of the song and small bird population by the reintroduction of birds of prey into larger areas.
Or the loss of food sources (insects) due to pesticides and other farming methods?
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Same here in Afghastlystan
I don't really remember seeing many around Kabul - maybe because it's 6000 ft. above sea level? I think I saw more Dragonflies than birds - lots of Pigeons & Doves at Maz though
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I don't really remember seeing many around Kabul - maybe because it's 6000 ft. above sea level? I think I saw more Dragonflies than birds - lots of Pigeons & Doves at Maz though
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Indeed we have a few resident "sparrers" and not a few pigeons around our compound , however my comment was In reference to the lack of undraped females of the human genus.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
In the autumn I had the pyracantha hedge outside the back garden cut back. I don't think the sparras have the cover they used to to attack the bird feeders. Pity

Come to think of it, I haven't seen many pigeons at all. Hurrah.

Month or two back we saw a goldcrest in a tree by the main road. Zero Alpha reckons it's only the second she's ever seen. Hurrah.

There's a blackbird couple seemingly with two nests, one in the young ceanothus growing from cuttings under the skeleton of the old, dead ceanothus I cut back last year, that I hang the bird feeders on, the other in the bushes in next door's garden, other side of the fence. Hurrah.

But yes, come to think of it, numbers seem to be down.
 

Niamac

GCM
Round about where I live I've noticed the same thing. What we've got is plenty of Jackdaws (they chased the Magpies away), wood pigeons and Seagulls flying top cover. One of the contributory factors is the large number of residents who are providing "Food for the Birdies" which the pigeons especially hoover up.

The only good side is that the local Peregrines have taken to patrolling the area so the balance of nature will no doubt re-establish itself.
 
No change here, about two miles inland and live in the woods. Gulls first thing a.m., woodpeckers and wood pigeons next, martins and sparrows during the day, plenty of jackdaws and owls at night. Dont see birds of prey round here.

No change, no change. Out.
Jackdaws and Owls are birds of prey.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Indeed we have a few resident "sparrers" and not a few pigeons around our compound , however my comment was In reference to the lack of undraped females of the human genus.
Ahh.... we used to look at the shoes to guess the gender...
BTW, have you noticed that Afgan is one of the few Muslim countries where the women walk in front of the men by six paces rather than behind? especially true around the minefields on the way to Bagram and, oh, anywhere else really...
ETA - take it all the NGO totty have moved on then?
Does Madame Thai still have her 'eating house' there? (hesitate to call it a restaurant, that would imply it's up to McD's standard...) there were quite a few side dishes, not on the menu though...
 
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Sparrows, crows, wood pigeons, blackbirds, starlings and magpies as normal and in the last week a couple of Red Kites have started circling the houses at roof top level. One of them dived into a neighbours garden as if going after something tasty. Mind you, she does have a great pair of a pair of great tits that hang around her feeder.
 

wheel

LE
Sparrows, crows, wood pigeons, blackbirds, starlings and magpies as normal and in the last week a couple of Red Kites have started circling the houses at roof top level. One of them dived into a neighbours garden as if going after something tasty. Mind you, she does have a great pair of a pair of great tits that hang around her feeder.
There are a nice pair of tits on my fatballs , ;)
 

bcsack

Old-Salt
Y'know this thought did cross my mind today out walking - not many birds around & I'm a mile from the coast but it was snowy & cold. However on the way home I did see a dead seagull on the side of the road - no apparent injury - looked a big (previously) fit bird.
Didn't ask but, of course, it could have just been an actor rehearsing the dead parrot sketch !
 
I would say that there could be two possible reasons:

1. A lot less food dropped by people out and about.
2. The decimation of the song and small bird population by the reintroduction of birds of prey into larger areas.
Songbirds also savaged by excess crows, pigeons etc thanks to Mr Packham sticking his oar in and preventing them being culled.
Having said this, my hedge is stuffed with sparrows per usual.
 
when I was a kid a passage of rite was to go nesting (frowned on now I know) but thats the way it was. we learned to identify the birds and their eggs,
all there seems to be now is too many magpies and wood and feral pigeons, I have noticed a marked decline in songbirds over the years,and even the feeders in my garden doesn't seem to attract the tits anymore. the french and spanish shoot migrating birds and net them as well but that can't be the real reason can it?
 
We have Robins, Sparrows, Long tailed tits, Blue tits on the feeders in the front garden.
In the back garden we have Blackbirds, a Jay of all things and we have loads of Birds of Prey in the area. Buzzards, Red Kites, Hen Harriers, Eagle Owls.... Bird of prey Centre in Ebbw Vale confirmed their presence, looks like its a breeding pair, but it's being kept very quiet.

Loads of Jackdaws.
 
The problem with the younger generation of birds is that they don't go out and socialise any more - they just stay at home tweeting
 
Well it's 7.20 in the morning & it's sunny and I can't see even 1 bird on the roof ridges on the houses opposite me, there's a seagull sitting on some Ariel and a pigeon sitting on a chimney stack. usually at this time of year the birds wake me up with all the squawking they do, maybe they are a bit slow on getting up to Fife this year. I'm only 3 miles from the coast and there's lots of farm land and woods near me so I usually see lots of birds. I'd put some feeders in my garden but there's loads of cats in my street & I'm worried the cats might kill the birds feeding in them, the cats seem to use my garden as a shortcut to get to the next street.

Anyway it's good to hear that in some areas there's still lots of birds - maybe It's a week or so too early for them up here, although I have noticed that most trees are starting to bud now - so I expect I'll see a few new arrivals soon. As much as their noise annoys me at 4.30 am, I do like looking at them (and all things in nature).
 
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