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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:04 am    Post subject:

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i guess the aviary is a beacon to a lot of predators.

And the other side, attracts a lot more birds to the garden....
We have native Tuis, fantails, that even tap on the french doors to come inside, catch a few flies on the wing. Thrush and black birds now so tame can walk upto withing a couple meters, and talk to them.
I was picking butterbeans the other day, caught a movement out of the cnr of my eye in the next row....was the thrush, so close could have toucheded him, huntring down the other row parreell with me... He stoped when I looked, looked back...then just carried on.

Dont have to spray for bugs or anything in the gardens.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:20 am    Post subject:

i aint seen a thrush for ages they used to be any everyday bird but its rare u see or hear one these days ..the same for cuckoos and jays.. yet smaller birds like the reed warbler are on a comebk mainly due to the decline of the cuckoo.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:36 am    Post subject:

Ive heard all kinds of reasons why small birds have declined but over the last 30 years in this part of england birds of prey have multiplied unbelievably, the most we ever used to get was the odd kestrel, now we have a surplus of sparrow hawks, merlins, buzzards, even red kites are gradually moving this way. Same for magpies, gamekeepers used to kill all of them, used to be a rare sight and these days its very commn to see magpies pulling chicks out of nests. Ive even seen a change in behaviour of the sparrows in my parents garden, years ago they were very confident, these days they rarely leave the safety of a thick private hedge for more than a few seconds due to hawks. Dont have to look far to see the balance of nature has shifted (probably back to before the days of gamekeepers or ddt).

Same with amphibians, we used to have frogs, now we have herons and very few frogs, reason, because the river mersey now supports fish, which for most of the 20th century it didn't.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:02 pm    Post subject:

i agree birds of pray have made a massive return with mans help...
but what expense will this have on other bird species... i think its a fine balance which we dont understand and surely this influx of birds of pray will be detrimental to some other species.
peregrine falcons made a massive cumbk with no-ones help it just took a couple of decades for them to adjust .. hopefully they can combat the pigeon problem we have.
yet barn owls "with mans help" have made a massive cumbk to the extent u can quite easily buy one for 50 but will this be good in the long run... conservationists have only just stopped complaining about the door and field mice numbers since a recent cumbk... i cant see that lasting long signlol

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:15 pm    Post subject:

manders have you happened to see any crows, jackdoors or blackbirds lately.
i dont know if its the same down your way but most black birds up north are mutating " growing random white feathers " ... iv'e seen many over the last 3 years.. i first saw a blacky half white ... was a shock at first thought i was going mad but then i saw it mentioned on spring watch a year later but they were no wiser.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:25 am    Post subject:

according to this site:
http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/british-birds/49183-blackbird-white-feathers.html

and this: http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/features/mao-jun-01.asp

Its a genetic abnomality within the birds genes which causes the lack of pigmantation in the feathers.
Seems quite common in suburbian areas.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:59 am    Post subject:

bruce wrote:
manders have you happened to see any crows, jackdoors or blackbirds lately.
i dont know if its the same down your way but most black birds up north are mutating " growing random white feathers " ... iv'e seen many over the last 3 years.. i first saw a blacky half white ... was a shock at first thought i was going mad but then i saw it mentioned on spring watch a year later but they were no wiser.


Plenty of black birds around here and they're all normal, but were fairly rural.

Curious how many little egrets we have left after that last winter...
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