Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Watch the Birdie

Numbers of a threatened species of bird native to some of Bracknell Forest’s nature reserves have dropped following heavy snowfalls in the winter. Conservationists are warning that numbers of Dartford warblers could have fallen by 80 or 90 per cent.
Bracknell Standard

It is worrying that things are being done to protect birds, but that they continue to decline.

The Council has produced Open Space Management Plans in consultation with Natural England. These set out the precise works to areas of open space and the priority order for these enhancements. Four of these plans have now been finalised, Horseshoe Lakes, Englemere Pond, The Cut Countryside Corridor and Longhill Park cluster, and the remaining four will be produced.
Thames Basin.

The birds in our garden, and the woodland behind appear to have done well with breeding this year.
At one stage I could count 7 baby Blue Tits in the bird bath together. The were like a bunch of small boys at the seaside splashing about.

On a more somber note, there is a "smell" in the attic. The Starlings did appear to breed OK, but I suspect that one did not make it. Diane wants me to go up now and sort it out. I wonder if I wait whether "it" will dry out and cease to be a problem.

There used to be a lot of Starlings about when I moved in 12 years ago. There was constant whistling and chatting. I miss all that background noise.

We did the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. As always it was interesting watching all the birds come and go.
I must remember to keep an eye out for a suitable webcam to capture the garden and wildlife.

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