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Yup, down North. No, can't understand it at all. Something is eating a small amount from the feeders, don't think it's a ringy and the robin is still around but really don't know what's going on.

Interested to hear what's going on elsewhere though, thank's.

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Not exactly a little bird but one taking its toll on the local populations. A Prize-winning shot of a Kestrel, captured today by my neighbour. You gotta put the time in to get a smudge like this...

It could be that you’re standing closer to them this year. Try moving further away and see if they get smaller.

Here's the (almost) resident woodpecker (male) taken by my next-door neighbour. The holes he pecks are like .22 rounds. Quite audible while he's at it...

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On 11/29/2020 at 8:29 AM, doc.fixit said:

wow, what a sight. Tried sunflower hearts with no joy but have got a couple of sparrows back and the blackbird and robin are getting really tame. Let's hope that spring brings a few more in the garden and orchard.

Cold snap this week, that should bring you a few more

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4 hours ago, finlo said:

What sort of titbit should I leave out for this chap?

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The really annoying child from number 26.

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I can honestly say that around our garden there hasn't been any noticeable difference in small bird numbers. I was out the other morning just before sunrise and the battle at the feeders was as energetic as ever. All the usual species. First time I've seen this so early in the morning but pleasantly surprising.

How many cats have you in the neighbourhood? The human penchant for these animals takes a massive toll on local populations. Ours used to bring home little 'gifts' from time to time, some of them barely alive. Once they leave the house they're feral and do what comes naturally...

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Thanks Quilp, yes, I know about the cat issue but as far as I can tell there has been no increase in the cat population, in fact I would say that the suspects have not been seen for ages. I'm really mystified and sad about it.

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2 hours ago, doc.fixit said:

Thanks Quilp, yes, I know about the cat issue but as far as I can tell there has been no increase in the cat population, in fact I would say that the suspects have not been seen for ages. I'm really mystified and sad about it.

Certain landowners are not averse to spraying with weedkiller, pesticides and herbicides or cutting down hedges at the wrong time of year or "improving" land.

All this takes a toll on the bird populations.

It is sad but I hold no real hope for the future unless we really reduce the human population.

The biosphere thing here is a joke and you can bet that when it comes to planting trees for the so called zero carbon mirage the landowners will want to be paid to plant them on the existing best land for wildlife , not the land that can be built on

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2 hours ago, doc.fixit said:

Thanks Quilp, yes, I know about the cat issue but as far as I can tell there has been no increase in the cat population, in fact I would say that the suspects have not been seen for ages. I'm really mystified and sad about it.

There's also the nest-robbers and around here there are the magpies, rooks, crows, jays in abundance. Even robins aren't averse to another's eggs. Rats too, and hedgehogs, stoats and weasels for the low and ground-nesters. Given that, as I said, I've not seen a decline in numbers.

Ellanvannin2010 above is also, unfortunately, correct about habitat destruction and mismanagement as being detrimental to numbers. 

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15 minutes ago, quilp said:

There's also the nest-robbers and around here there are the magpies, rooks, crows, jays in abundance. Even robins aren't averse to another's eggs. Rats too, and hedgehogs, stoats and weasels for the low and ground-nesters. Given that, as I said, I've not seen a decline in numbers.

Ellanvannin2010 above is also, unfortunately, correct about habitat destruction and mismanagement as being detrimental to numbers. 

Jays? Not sure there are any here, saw one 50 years ago but none since.

Whilst natural predators will always have taken a share nature tends to balance it out. If populations are under pressure from man made factors this can upset the balance a lot.

like you though I have not seen any noticeable decline in numbers in my garden

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