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Bexhill on Sea Observer Thursday 7th April 2016
Small birds thriving due to mild winters shows the Big Bird Watch
More than half-a-million people joined in the world’s largest garden wildlife survey turning their eyes to the garden to watch and count over eight million birds during the 37th RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. The survey showed smaller birds were benefitting from milder winters, starlings are still in decline and gold finches are increasing in numbers by muscling in on garden feeders.
The specific results for East Sussex saw the humble house sparrow topping the charts for the most spotted garden bird, with the blue tit coming in second.
The school’s section of the Big Bird Watch for East Sussex showed the carrion crow, woodpigeon and blackbird in the top three and also saw three species of seagull in the top ten.
Magpies also featured prominently in both surveys.
To explain these results Dr Daniel Hayhow, RSPB Conservation Scientist, said: “The weather can have varied effects on different groups of birds in terms of behaviour and habitats used.
“The increase in smaller garden birds just goes to show that in the absence of very cold weather these species can survive winter in much greater numbers. The warmer temperatures have made it easier to find food, like insects, which in colder winters would have been harder to come by because of frosts and snow.”
Kent Online March 2016
To read the full article visit: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/parakeets-continue-to-colonise-kent-92380/
Indian rose-ringed parakeet continue to colonise Kent
There’s an extra splash of colour on Sheppey’s bird tables these days!
This Indian rose-ringed parakeet, also known as a ring-neck parrot, caused a bit of a flap when it became the latest flying visitor to Norwood Manor, Eastchurch.
The exotic birds are now a common sight in many parts of the south east, particularly London, where it is estimated flocks of at least 50,000 are now flying free.
It is not certain why they have become so widespread over the past 20 years but bird experts have put forward three theories:
The birds originally come from the Himalayas, India and Africa but are surprisingly hardy and have taken to living in Britain, with its recent mild winters.
They feed on nuts, berries, seeds, vegetables and fruit – particularly grapes and cherries, making them a farmer’s nightmare.
Dr Jim Groombridge, of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecologya is a reader in biodiversity conservation. He is running a long term study into the parakeets, called ParrotNet, set up in 2014.
“It's possible these birds were originally pets that escaped or were deliberately released. They have thrived and set up breeding populations in places like Thanet. The issues they may cause include noise disturbance with impacts on native bird species, for example in Belgium they have been linked to declines in populations like nuthatches. Work is underway at the moment to measure their impact.”