For a number of years I have been feeding birds, mostly but not only sparrows.
This year I have noticed that they are eating not as much as they did, last year included. The change of their eating habits is noticeable.
Is this just another manifestation of the effects of climate change?
Certainly this year has been hotter.
Scorching sunshine, almost unbearable.
Early in the morning.
Yesterday late afternoon electrical semi-tropical storm.
Rain cascading from the heavens, troubled.
Dark clouds blackened the once blue sky to the score of ominous rambling and lighting.
Rain, rain, and more rain…
Cats looking from the safety of being behind the windows, with slight concerned expressions.
Oblivious to the illumination provided by lighting, followed by the deep cry of the sky.
I won’t be watering the garden for a day or so.
Yannick climbed onto the open top pane of the window, following the unfolding drama.
Afternoon has taken over, chasing away those dark clouds.
May have been a wet month, rainy with occasional sunshine. The usual bird population has been down compared with other years.
There have been plenty of sunshine this week, this month, so far. Sparrows, including the babies, have been feasting on my feeders, playing not so much attention to me, in the balcony, a couple of feet from them. Mainly sparrows, although I saw some blue its too.
I missed the RSPB’s annual count earlier this year, although I have been missing it for the last few years. However, I have the impression, a non scientific one, that the usual bird population which has been coming to my feeders for years is down for 2021.
I saw a couple starlings yesterday, some juvenile ones, I think.
I will keep watching them.