Bye Bye Birdies
This is an Are Birds Going The Way of the White Rhino? story.
We live in the mountains of New Mexico, and the birds are plentiful here.
Our hummer feeders are swarmed. Our peanut platform hosts the Jays (Scrub and Stellar's) in great number. Eight seed feeders pump pounds of black oil sunflower and assorted grains into titmouse, towhee, nuthatch (pygmy and standard), wrens of many stripes, sparrows and doves and robins and hawks of many shades... I could go on and do the whole list, but you get the picture, LOTs of birds hereabouts. (The mighty ravens are my favorite, but they don't come to feeders.)
Things aren't that good in Europe these days.
Farmland Birds in France Are in Steep Decline NY Times 4.11.2018
It seems pretty obvious to Scooter the Olde that insecticides are blitzing bugs and birds without bugs bug out. I would be at least partially wrong. Check this:
The Berlin Natural History Museum has compiled a long list of factors that contribute to insect loss. One factor — the widespread overuse of nitrogen fertilizer — enables a few plant species such as corn to thrive, while the majority of plant species that live in symbiotic relationships with highly specialized insects dwindle. (Read the article here.)
|No bugs, no singing, get it?|
Now there is resounding evidence that insects are disappearing in Europe. NOT MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THE DECLINE OF ANYTHING BUT HONEY BEES IN THE U.S.
There is evidence of decline bird populations, but not much news on bugs.
As I said, the birds are plentiful in the mountains of New Mexico, but we are a long way from the giant fields of mono crops across the American farm belt where the insects are obviously disappearing.
Lord, Won't You Buy Me a Gold Plated Bird.
The real birds are all leaving, gone by a third.