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stewarts rise
13 Aug 19 11:27
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Through some bread out for the birds yesterday, not been touched, not a sign of a bird, either Sparrow, Pigeon or Magpie never mind anything exotic. Before i had a week away at the coast had loads of birds pecking at the bread. Has that wild wind and rain sent them into early migration?

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GEORGE.B
When: 13 Aug 19 11:57
Wasn't that cheap Basics stuff was it, stewarts?

Maybe try Warburtons next time
By:
stewarts rise
When: 13 Aug 19 11:58
No George it was Asda extra Special with Nuts and Seeds!Grin
By:
GEORGE.B
When: 13 Aug 19 11:59
the parky buggers!
By:
sixtwosix
When: 13 Aug 19 12:01
I put crushed peanuts on the bird table and lawn each morning.
Most common visitors are Collared Doves followed by Wood Pigeons ,Jays , Blackbirds and Pigeons.
By:
REDUNDANT PUNTER
When: 13 Aug 19 12:10
Stewart hope your well I think if your interested in birds then maybe a little e,w or place bet on BIRD TO LOVE in the ffos las 2.15 may reward you ran well lto at Windsor not got a great body of form to work on butmight well challenge for a place good luck
Cheers
By:
stewarts rise
When: 13 Aug 19 12:23
Always wanted a Bird To love RP, fine here hope you're OK and good to hear from you.
Thanks for reply 626.
By:
glentoby
When: 13 Aug 19 12:42
Stewarts those birds don't migrate,sure you knew that and meant in general.Has the weather been severe there? Not really took much notice other than checking the going.

This morning I have seen golden oriole and a hoopoe hanging around my chicken coop and then the Flamingoes along Poetto,I expect they count as exotic?
By:
glentoby
When: 13 Aug 19 12:44
Btw stew,sorry got carried away there.Meant to say that at this time of year in UK is the most bountifull time for wild birds,recently harvested grain fields,berries now appearing etc,so probably the most likely explanation?
By:
grappler
When: 13 Aug 19 13:13
you should not feed birds bread. its no good for them. seeds and nuts are what they need.

there has been a disastrous decline in bird population because of pesticides, destruction of habitat, and most egregious of all, the number of domestic cats that wreak havoc, killing an estimated 30 million annually. only an idiot would have a cat. sadly there are 10 million in the uk
By:
ItsMeSwaddle
When: 13 Aug 19 13:17
Was a few on the forum and that weird Andy L bloke scared them away
By:
kemo sabe
When: 13 Aug 19 13:30
if you want or like seagulls leiths infested with them ,,, think giant cats are needed , ; jjusst watched nutter in dissability scooter pour seeds over his scooter , cap or is it hat and watched a thousand pidgeons swoop onto his vehicle and his head ,,, alfred hichcock shud av been here  ,  leith has strange people
By:
Movewiththetimes
When: 13 Aug 19 13:41
I spend a grand a year on bird feed suet/nuts/sunflower seeds white and black/mealworms, I stop feeding them in August because August is prime time for bird moulting. Replacing all your feathers is an extremely energy draining experience so birds save it for when they are less stressed – after breeding and before migration. August is also very warm, so the birds don't get too cold and there is still plenty of protein-rich food about.

Grappler is right about the decline in bird popuation some birds are in the very red danger zone and you shouldn't feed them bread.
By:
stewarts rise
When: 13 Aug 19 13:58
Ok, thanks for replies, just noticed a lack of bird song in the morning, will stop feeding them bread, just seeds  from now on.
By:
ease
When: 13 Aug 19 14:01
Loss of habitat: people cutting down trees and hedgerows in gardens, getting rid of their lawns and flowers to make their very tidy, soulless parking areas for cars.The resultant loss of soil means all the worms and insects vanish too, a major food source for birds.
We need to arrest the cataclysmic decline in insects but depressingly we're more interested in arguing about brexit.
By:
stewarts rise
When: 13 Aug 19 14:01
Think Sparrows migrate Glentoby, certainly don't get those exotics in my garden, maybe an occasional robin or blue tit, where do you live?
By:
Movewiththetimes
When: 13 Aug 19 14:04
Breeding season over so morning chorus pretty much stops.
By:
glentoby
When: 13 Aug 19 14:05
Im about 7 km s/west from Quartu Sant Elena,15 km from Cagliari..........near the beach at Capitana Due.I believe you are right about some sparrows.
By:
stewarts rise
When: 13 Aug 19 14:07
Sounds rather nicer than Brum Glen!Grin
By:
Deltâ
When: 13 Aug 19 14:08
Cat about NAP
By:
glentoby
When: 13 Aug 19 14:16
Im all over the place today stew,not used to being on my own and on here in the daytime.......South East not SW,on Villasimius road.Blush
By:
greenteethnarrabacktroutmoy
When: 13 Aug 19 15:10
stewarts rise 13 Aug 19 11:27 
Through some bread out for the birds yesterday

threw innit?
By:
flushgordon1
When: 13 Aug 19 15:46
Are you Frank Mc Avennie?
By:
ptlish
When: 13 Aug 19 23:43
Seeing this topic I really thought it would be about lack of female presenters or something but was pleasantly surprised it was about our feathered friends . Can`t agree with Grappler, 30 million birds killed by cats as most cats are so lazy now they don`t have the energy to catch birds.
By:
Macintoshmatty
When: 14 Aug 19 00:40
We keep chickens that free range in our garden, loads of birds come to eat their food, as well as the norm we got a couple of woodpeckers, although they don't eat the food, about 5 different pheasants, 2 male 3 female. We were worried last week cos a sparrowhawk flew over and sat in a tree overlooking the garden, thought it might be eyeing up the chickens, they're bantams so I'd imagine it could easily kill one. On the cat thing we don't get a lot but a black one was in the garden 3 days ago, came back from shopping the next day and the remains of a pigeon was there and the chickens were going mad, guess it was the cat.
By:
themightymac
When: 14 Aug 19 02:30
The most recent figures of how many creatures are killed by cats are from the Mammal Society. They estimate that cats in the UK catch up to 275 million prey items a year, of which 27 million are birds. This is the number of prey items which were known to have been caught. We don't know how many more the cats caught, but didn't bring home, or how many escaped but subsequently died. The most frequently caught birds, according to the Mammal Society, are probably: house sparrows, blue tits, blackbirds and starlings.

Mind you, 27 million doesn`t compare with Australia where a staggering 377 millions birds are killed by cats annually.

More than 1 million native Australian birds are killed across the country by cats every day, new research shows. The study, published in the journal Biological Conversation, estimates feral cats kill 316 million birds a year, while pet cats kill 61 million birds annually. More than 99% are native.  “Everyone knows that cats kill birds, but this study shows that, at a national level, the amount of predation is staggering and is likely to be driving the ongoing decline of many species,” said the lead researcher, Prof John Woinarski of Charles Darwin University.
By:
DenzilPenberthy
When: 14 Aug 19 03:21
Had no idea it was that many.
By:
sparrow
When: 14 Aug 19 07:56
Shocked
By:
flushgordon1
When: 14 Aug 19 10:06
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SOsm1TzqHII
By:
sageform
When: 14 Aug 19 12:21
I do live in a rural area near some wildlife reserves but the birds in my garden get through a kilo of bird food in 24 hours in winter and half that amount in summer when they have more natural food and there are less Starlings about. Visitors to a holiday cottage nearby have identified 48 species in a week from the cottage window and garden. Plenty of birds in Somerset. If you went away for a week they would just move to another garden where there is food and not come back for a while.
By:
themightymac
When: 14 Aug 19 16:42
Sparrow - you better take cover Shocked
By:
themightymac
When: 14 Aug 19 16:43
If you are walking to the bookies and see a cat - gtf out of there mate Crazy
By:
sparrow
When: 14 Aug 19 16:45
That's one place I won't be walking to, mac. Plain
By:
Oldgit1
When: 14 Aug 19 21:43
In Eastbourne we had thousands of starlings coming in every evening doing their aerobatics before roosting on the pier. After the pier went on fire they never came back. Probably went to join their cousins in Brighton.
We have big communal garden at our flats and don't see many birds in now it at apart from a few doves and a couple of magpies.  There is a big bush on the car park side where I regularly used to see a black bird emerge. At one time he had a mate but she has not been there for years now,  A few weeks ago a cat came out from under the bush and since then no sign of the bird. There is also a wren in residence in another bush that we occasionally see.
Very different from when we had a house in Surrey with quite a big garden and had several types nesting as well as daily visitors including two woodpeckers. We used to regularly put out food on a Sunday morning that starlings impatiently waited for. They loved cut up bacon rind.
By:
glentoby
When: 14 Aug 19 21:47
Massive starling population suddenly become GAY.........bent and move to Brighton!!!!

Sorry oldgit,just could not resist...........would explain declining population though?
By:
Oldgit1
When: 14 Aug 19 22:09
Glentoby, that could well be the reason as they roost in places like that they may not nest in pairs :-) A lot come to Britain for the winter.
By:
glentoby
When: 14 Aug 19 22:25
I get you oldgit,when i lived in Colchester we used to have a black bird who liked bacon rind,married to a corporal from 47 light rgt,had a bush so rumour had it.

Their 2ic was Capt J Hodges,rode Ten UP.
By:
Oldgit1
When: 15 Aug 19 00:36
Good one :-)
By:
themightymac
When: 15 Aug 19 02:42
Murmuration Oldgit - that is what the spectacular flying display by Starlings is called.

A lot of people don`t appreciate Starlings but they are very clever birds and have beautiful plumage if one looks closely.

By:
themightymac
When: 15 Aug 19 02:47
Loss of their natural habitat, as someone said earlier, is the main reason certain birds are disappearing from certain areas. Up until the late 70s, there were hundreds of Linnets around here but I haven`t seen one in nearly 40 years. One of my favourites. Anybody see them about?

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