Can you Imagine?

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Can you Imagine?

Post by Dawn » 07 Jun 2012, 05:57

A world without a Skylark?


From New Scientist

New information from the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme shows that widespread farmland birds are declining across Europe at an alarming rate. The downward trend in an index of population of 36 specialist farmland birds for the last 30 years equates to an estimated loss of 297 million farmland birds in Europe during that period – a 50 per cent decline since 1980. That is a lot of biodiversity in anyone's money.

Just one example is the eponymous skylark, whose song is so evocative of the countryside in summer. Its numbers have fallen by nearly half – we have lost 37 million of them. While the rate of decline has slowed in recent decades, the downward trend continues and there's little room for optimism.


I wonder if one day we will wake and there will not be a bird to be heard?

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Post by hawkeye » 07 Jun 2012, 08:38

Let's hope not. We have Meadow Lark and they seem to be in less abundance than they were at one time. It's been ages since I have seen one. Since moving to Oklahoma I have become a bird watcher.

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Post by grandduke » 07 Jun 2012, 09:17

Ah yes, as a youth i used to lie
in a meadow and watch the larks
climb to amazing heights then drop
like a stone, thanks for the memories
Dawn baby. :wink
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Post by godfather » 07 Jun 2012, 19:12

It would be a very sad day when we find out that there are no birds left in the world.
Just couldn't imagine it, but it seems to head that way. We take away their trees and nesting sites and the poor fellows
don't know what's happening. Can't remember who has mentioned it previously but apparently we are losing several species of creatures every day or week.

Won't be long before there will be no one to turn off the lights anymore!

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Post by Mahalia » 08 Jun 2012, 19:50

coincidentally this is a poem I wrote only yesterday and couldn't agree more about the loss of birds or any species that is currently on earth; but we don't seem to be really trying to protect them. A few concerned people are but the Koala is now on the severely endangered list - can you believe that and we are the only country in the world that has them



Life is full of birds and blessings


There’s a cacophony of sound – as Kookaburras call the sun,
their cheerful chuckles reaching a crescendo
as the sun departs his night time bed no chance of sleeping in
now for he couldn’t stand the pale moons innuendo.
A mixed murder of magpies add their morning machinations
to the plot as they search eagerly for worms
and lawn grubs, ‘neath the dew wet grass – heads cocked as sharp ears listen
for the slightest indication worms have turned.

A waterfall of leaves descends as two crows seek out prey
to steal from willy wagtails and their mate,
who give chase with such fury that the crows are scared away
from their feast of chicks. The crows depart too late.
And quietly with no fuss or flurry little Mrs Wren
with her blue garbed fellow – flashy and flamboyant
flits around in smaller shrubs for titbits for her chicks
while continuing to make her chattering chant.

And next doors chooks are cackling as their daily donation
to the food chain rolls from hay nest to the tin,
and somewhere in the distance is a rooster crowing loudly
as the day echoes and wakens with the din.
But it’s always such a pleasure to see nature in the raw
and to marvel at the wonder of the world,
every morning fresh and new, midnight sky gives way to blue
as another untouched day is now unfurled.

There’s no anger, angst or arguing – life proceeds at a pace
somewhat leisurely and unstressed every day.
There’s no revving motors, honking horns or squealing tyres out here,
it is civilised in each and every way.
There’s a battle played for life and death ‘twixt birds and insects, true.
But it’s a not a battlefield that’s based on hate.
For the most part birds are neighbourly and seem to get on well
and no voices here are raised in loud debate.

Birds don’t argue over fences, or what’s showing on TV.
They use teamwork to feed their little chicks.
They build a nest together; both are gatherers for the cause
and some mate for life – don’t give their mate the flick.
And this thought might be simplistic – but sometimes simple is good
were humans more inclined to think this way,
we would marvel at the sunrise that the Kookaburras wake
and be grateful for blessings received each day.


Maureen Clifford © 06/12
The Scribbly Bark Poet
see some scribbles here - http://scribblybarkpoetry.blogspot.com.au/

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Post by godfather » 09 Jun 2012, 19:57

Wonderful work Mahalia. I can always visualise the situations your poetry describes, which makes me feel being part of the scenery.

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Post by Maggs » 08 Jul 2012, 11:40

I think this year is the first time I have ever seen the Magpies shivering!

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Post by silverhair » 09 Jul 2012, 22:39

i have mentioned it before, i am amazed at the sudden lose if our birds, it worries me, even the willie wagtail is a rarity now. cant recall the last time u saw a sparrow, and where are the butterflies. we have loads if trees here but few birds.

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Post by donander » 09 Jul 2012, 23:02

We have a multitude of birds come to our trees ** plus LOTS of magpies getting grubs from the lawn. Silver, for what it's worth, I notice willies or restless flycatchers almost everywhere we have travelled in Australia. Where are you?

** we don't feed them, apart from growing the trees.
The last interglacial had less ice, higher sea levels, and warmer temperatures than this one. So, according to the evidence so far, human activity must have a COOLING effect.

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Post by lynny » 10 Jul 2012, 12:19

As isolated as we are here in Tassie, something has finished off the sparrows and the starlings. There are still plenty of native birds in my garden but just lately prowling cat numbers have increased. I love cats but..............there's a limit to everything.

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Post by silverhair » 10 Jul 2012, 12:34

don, central coast nsw, we see the odd willy wagtail but there used to be groups of them. i notice its the small birds that are vanishing, like our beloved bellbirds.

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Post by Booga » 10 Jul 2012, 13:04

Heaps more around our area now well there is since I forgot to close the bloody cage door.


$ 300.00 worth of finches in assorted colours goooone I've got five left and at least the quails were still in the garden.


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Post by donander » 10 Jul 2012, 13:31

silverhair wrote:don, central coast nsw, we see the odd willy wagtail but there used to be groups of them. i notice its the small birds that are vanishing, like our beloved bellbirds.
Silver, we drove up to Kingaroy a few weeks ago and were stopped on the Blackbutt Range for roadworks ... that's where the bellbirds have gone. :wink

I regularly see large groups of small birds when I'm walking around Mango Hill. There are also Noisy Friarbirds, Blue-faced Honeyeaters, Lapwings, Galahs, Cormorants, Moorhens, Rails, Egrets, Pelicans (soaring), Wattlebirds, Noisy Miners, Silvereyes, Cockatoos (white & black & long-billed black occasionally), Black Swans, Spangled Drongos, Magpies, Peewits, Crows, Nightjars, Kingfishers, various ducks, lots of parrots, etc.

Haven't seen a penguin of any variety here at Mango Hill although I hear there are a few at Seaworld. :wink

On the Willy Wagtail, your area may have some particular problem because they are listed as "abundant to common" for all of Australia:
http://www.survival.org.au/birds_willie_wagtail.php

I recently took this picture near a creek in our neighbourhood; they (Double-barred Finches) were part of a much larger group:
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The last interglacial had less ice, higher sea levels, and warmer temperatures than this one. So, according to the evidence so far, human activity must have a COOLING effect.

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Post by godfather » 10 Jul 2012, 19:52

I think most of the birds have migrated either North or away from newly developing Real Estates.
Where I used to live until recently, Forest Lake in Brisbane, still has an abundance of native and foreign birds.
The developers did not cut down all the original trees and left them standing. It certainly kept the birds from migrating.

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Post by Dreamweaver » 13 Jul 2012, 19:40

A wagtail at Kimba S.A. gest up close and friendly with a touristy dairy- farmer from Vic..
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