I was in a shop today and an elderley Gent was in the queue before me.
He was buying about 6 loaves of bread. The shop assistant asked him if he was stocking up for winter
the Old Gent’s face lit up as he said –
I wonder what will happen when the (encouraged) Jays and their cousins the Magpies decide that the meagre pickings of the bird table are not sufficient for their winter metabolism and that a Blue tit or Dunnock or two would make an ideal dietary supplement. Or do we not believe in the predatory instincts of the crow familly?
I will continue to try and help our songbirds survive as long as nature and man permits and while a sparrow hawk is a very handsome bird to see we do not wish to see it on our garden in great numbers. While ever the jays and jackdaws chase it away (well thats nature too ) they will continue to be fed on our garden eating nuts and birdcake we put out for them daily. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and enjoyment gained from helping to try and sustain song bird numbers by feeding birds in their gardens
Hello Brok and Hi Bev
Brok, I know the predatory instincts of the crow family, but sparrowhawks do so much damage and carnage
Garden birds have enough problems without sparrowhawks decimating an area. I don’t think people realise how much damage they do. The garden birds come to see a garden as a place of safety and a source of food. feeding helps them all through the year, especially during winter. I know you won’t agree but there are just too many sparrowhawks.
Sparrowhawks don’t just take the weak and the old. I have seen a sparrowhawk catch a young, healthy blackbird. Sparrowhawks take anything that is there and come back until there is nothing left to kill
Bev, Did you take a look at Songbird Survival?
I’ve been computerless and then internet problems came, so it’s good to be back to Bird Table News
I have had a computer problem and then an internet problem.
I can now read through all the comments and questions and will reply asap
I’ve still been feeding the garden birds and enjoying seeing them in my garden
Unfortunately due to a technical fault with the internet line Bird Table News will not be updated for a few days. Trisha is really sorry and pulling her hair out as we speak. She looks forward to talking to you all very soon.