Sparrow, Starling, Thrush and Wren – Fewer Garden Visits 2010.

Now is the Perfect Time

Now is the perfect time to put one or two nest boxes out there for the smaller birds, to put food down for all your airborne garden visitors and to do routine maintenance on your existing bird tables, bird fountains, ponds, feeders and nest boxes. It’s been a bad winter, I am told by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology), the worst for thirty years and the worst December for one hundred years. Smaller birds are harder hit in these adverse conditions. 

My personal favorites (see the  title) of struggling and declining birds are sadly amongst those hit hard, others include the Goldcrest, Greenfinch, Treecreeper, Siskin and ominously perhaps the Collarded Dove. Both the Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush are suffering. I plan to look into the Collared Dove situation in more detail over the coming weeks.

Give more help to Garden Birds

This year after the hard winter all our Garden Bird species require, indeed deserve, as much encouragement and assistance as we can manage. I include inner city residents (yes, I appeal also to you apartment and flat dwellers!) as well as the suburbanites and the rural homesteaders. We can all do something and do it with very little effort or cost to ourselves. In return we can feel the satisfaction and pride of making a positive impact on our garden birds lives and their species survival whose difficult circumstances humankind ourselves have largely brought about.

Children love to help Garden Birds

We have all seen the glee and wonder on childrens faces when birds visit to feeder and tables, perhaps grab a drink of water or a safe bath. A personal fear of mine is that my grandchildren, should I have any, will not experience those simple joys as much as I did myself. I want them to be able to look back on their early years and remember, with joy, the various species of bird visitor to their childhood backyards, as I am able to now. Does anyone remember walks with parents and friends to places like “Primrose Woods” or “Bluebell Woods” or something similar?  Always dynamic, packed with bird life, other fauna and flora. I don’t want those things to disappear.

Click Lifessense – Garden For Birds and take a look at the rest of the Lifessense web site and then check out BTO – National Losers  on the British Trust for Ornithology site.

“Bridie” McBride

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