by Taetske | 3:36 pm
(Last Updated On: March 20, 2021)

What is happening to our songbirds?

 

I have written various posts on the decline of species. Two of my posts are about the importance and decline of bees. In another post, I wrote on the decline of insects in general. One of the major reasons for this decline is the large-scale use of pesticides and the destruction of nature as a whole. The natural and healthy habitat of insects has diminished at an alarming rate.

 

Bird feeder

Birds feeder image analogicus

 

75% of songbirds are in decline

I received a newsletter from Friends of the Earth Action, and it contained some alarming news. 75% of songbirds are now in decline. It is sad, but not a surprise, as everything is related. Songbirds eat insects, so when this food source is reduced due to insecticide use, the bird population must inherently decline.

In addition to the decline due to the lack of their normal food source, those birds that do survive have likely consumed insects that have been in contact with neonicotinoid pesticides, contributing additional harm to the bird population.

In springtime, those big industrial farms treat their crops with products we know are harmful. This is also the time when migratory birds pass on their travel from south to north.

For these small animals coming in contact with neonicotinoid pesticides fabricated by Bayer-Monsanto, it can be fatal or cause significant weight loss and delay their migration. The poor bird is not in its best health to make long voyages, and its chance to survive and produce a family is greatly reduced.

 

Water basin

Water basin image Alexandra

 

Governments are not doing enough

We are on the brink of many dangerous changes, but it seems that governments and their leaders are putting a deaf ear to the calls for change. In general, the public is not informed, but scientists are warning that a catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems is imminent.

Everything is related and when, somewhere along the line, huge gaps are created, everything and everybody will suffer the consequences.

My cousin in Holland took part in a European study counting the birds in her garden. She told me there were a lot less in these last years, compared to 10 or 20 years ago. In the 1960s, they used birds as indicators to see how healthy the environment was. They had already used DDT for many years since it was cheap. Slowly but surely one realized it was damaging the fauna.

First, one thought it was mainly affecting the big birds, but later, one realized it was also affecting the smaller songbirds. In 1972 it was banned by the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency so it was no longer legally used as an insecticide in the U.S. It can still be manufactured in the U.S. and sold internationally, but the main producers of DDT are India, North Korea, and China.

The banning of DDT was a good idea, of course, but do not think that suddenly fauna and flora recuperated from this onslaught of chemicals. Man is so wise and continues spraying stuff like Roundup, which is even worse. That is why bird populations are still in decline, as their habitat and food supply have been significantly impacted.

We now know that pesticides are not good for nature. Birds will eat poisoned insects and over time, the population will decline. Additionally, when these chemicals are applied to the fields, they can and have reached water sources. Entire flocks of bird might die because of drinking this water. Support your local farmers who use organic techniques and keep the fields clean.

This is a lovely, 10 minutes long, video. Different birds are coming to eat and in the background you hear a birds concert. It is very soothing.

 

 

The various reasons bird might die

I came across a nice post from Melissa Mayntz, in which she explains the different factors that contribute to the decline of bird populations, be it individually or many together. One does not hear much about it yet, but modern technology will be an important factor.

The collision of birds with these modern inventions, like wind turbines, electrical wires, and radio towers, is often the cause of injury or death. Then one should not forget that EMF radiation disturbs the natural patterns and animals get confused. They can not find their way anymore and get lost.

 

Migratory Birds

Migratory Birds image meineresterampe

 

5G is not good for anybody

When an experiment was made in Holland (2018) with 5G technology, hundreds of birds fell dead from the sky. Another case was when large cow farms in the same area, reported hysteric behavior of the animals when 5G was tested. This incident happened in the north of Holland.

In Switzerland, tests were performed by introducing EMF radiation to beehives and all hell broke loose, ending with the demise of all the colonies. There, you see, nature does not like this modern technology.

 

Bird-Houses

Bird-Houses image Rudy and Peter Skitterians

 

A change in temperature can affect birds

A sudden cold wave might harm especially small birds. When you make a place in your garden where they can find refuge and have a supply of food which has a high oil content, it will help them survive. The same applies to heatwaves. They need shady and protected places and clean fresh water.

A special thought must go to the migrating birds which fly long distances. If they do not find clean food and water during their journey, they might die from exhaustion and never reach their destination. One should support the preservation of natural parks and wet areas and keep the cutting of trees and eroding of the forests to the minimum.

 

A helpful guide

In this book you will find lots of information. From how to attract birds to your garden, what food to but on bird tables, and installing a birdbath. If you wish these birds to become habitants of your garden, help them with installing nest boxes.

 

 

Some dangerous illnesses

There are various bird diseases like avian botulism, West Nile Virus, and avian influenza. These illnesses can have a big impact on the bird population. On a private level, you can help to not spread these diseases by keeping their feeding places clean. Whenever you spot sick birds, it is a good idea to report this to the officials in your town.

The feeding of ducks who live in the pond of the local park is not a good idea, as that can spread botulism. It is also important to keep the birdhouses clean before and after the nesting season, to avoid parasites like ticks and mites.

 

 

Pollution presents an enormous danger to birds

Another factor is all the men-made pollution, be it oil spills or plastic. Fauna and flora suffer and one should not forget that because of us, hundreds of thousands of birds die every year.

Climate change is coming up with more and stronger storms, many of which reach hurricane strength. These hurricanes will destroy the nesting habitats of shorebirds and waterfowl. You can imagine that a small songbird has no chance to survive a storm like that.

Birds have natural enemies as well. Just think about your dear cat and dog. Furthermore, there are things that live in the wild, like snakes, rats, and raccoons. If you can, keep a certain place in your garden secure from these predators and take care the birdhouses are safe for nesting.

 

Conclusion

Birds form part of creation and have an important place in the ecosystem. Perhaps you have read the book Silent Spring? It was written by Rachel Carson and published on September 27, 1962.

Many years have passed since that warning, but our springs have become more silent every year. We are the ones responsible for the decline of songbirds. We still do not seem to understand that we have the responsibility to care for the environment, including all of its inhabitants.

I have made a special page for you with a collection of things you might find interesting. Before you leave, pay a visit to Recommendations.

 

Source: Friends of the Earth Action, Melissa Mayntz and her article Causes of Bird Die-Offs 20 June 2019 for The Spruce

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

When humans interfere it often causes an imbalance that affects everything. In the following post, you can read about such a happening. Luckily the mistake was understood and by reintroducing the missing specie balance was restored again. This particular case is a good example of what we should not do.

 

The Importance Of Keeping the Balance Of The Species

Comments

Christopher Harvey

Thanks for the article.  I know that a lot is going on in this crazy world of ours.  You hear so much about the destruction of the earth. I honestly never thought about songbirds.  It makes sense because what affects one of us affects us all.  I’m not into the solution as much as I should be I admit that, but your article has motivated me to look more into the issue.  5g, on the other hand, is something I read a lot about and I couldn’t agree more.

Sep 24.2019 | 07:50 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Christopher,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip Widget.

    I started with my 2 websites in January 2017. The more I investigate the more I realize there are too many things wrong in our world. If we want to have a healthy environment for future generations something needs to be done now. 

    This coming Friday, 27th of September I will join the Global Climate Strike held in Malaga, south of Spain. 

    For both my websites I have written various posts about EMF radiation, 5G, and related issues. 

    Under my photo on the right-hand side, you see Save the Planet, join bUnited. When you click you will be able to read their website. It is a worldwide movement and free to join.

    In the header, you will see Recommendations. On that page, I have 5G related things. Also 5G Space Appeal, where you can join for free.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 25.2019 | 01:46 pm

Parveen

I know that the collision of birds with these modern inventions, like wind turbines, electrical wires, and radio towers, is often the cause of injury or death. Now we see 5G is not good for anyone. During  the 5 G experiment, many birds died. This experiment was made in Holland. I see you are very close to nature & your article helped me to go closer towards nature. 

Jan 07.2020 | 07:43 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Parveen,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    5G is a curse for the world. I have written quite a few posts for both my websites on radiation and the awful effects it has on all living things. On January the 25th there will be a call for worldwide protests. Yes, I am what you could call a nature person and it hurts me to see the destruction caused by humans.  

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 08.2020 | 07:11 am

Kylie

Wow! A very moving article. I was stunned by what you wrote. 
Because I feel that there are so many people around us who don’t pay much attention to our mother earth and inside.
I agree with what you write that our nature is increasingly damaged. And it’s all because of humans. The main thing that makes this happen, is because of money. Money, which makes humans willing to destroy nature and its contents. Because for many people, money is something that can make them survive.
For example, the tree where birds live is cut down only for the purpose of making paper or tissue that can be sold to humans.
The more you cut down, the more money you get.
Therefore, I sometimes feel useless. Because I myself don’t know what to do.

Jan 07.2020 | 07:49 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Kylie,

    It is very sad all that is happening in our world. We do not take care of the environment which is our habitat. The problem with money is when you do not have a healthy and beautiful place to live anymore all the money in the world will not make you happy.

    As you said you do not know what to do I would like to invite you to take a look at the widget under my photo which says save the planet. bUnited might resonate with you so please have a look at their website.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 08.2020 | 07:19 am

Nimrodngy

Hello. I enjoyed to read this article full of information but at the same time, I am very sad. It is frustrating how this environment is destroyed by the day that passes and all living things suffer. I didn’t know until now that the 5G network is so harmful to these birds. My opinion is that after these birds we are the next, and the speed increases very quickly. 

The recent disaster in Australia is one of the reasons why we need to think about what will happen in the next years I don’t even want to think about the birds over there. Do you have any new information about birds in this area? Can we help them with something?

Wish you all the best! 

Nagy.

Jan 07.2020 | 08:34 am

    Taetske

    Good Morning Nagy,

    Thank you for visiting my website and for leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    The situation in Australia is extremely sad. I read that 200 people have been caught as they were starting fires. That is incredible but it also happens in Spain on a smaller scale of course. 8.4 million hectares have been burned. 500 million animals are said to have died but it could well be a lot more also as the fires are still going.

    Birds can fly away but their nest with eggs or babies are destroyed the same as their habitat. They will have it difficult to find food like insects as everything is burned. 

    I came across an amazing story about the firebird. These birds have a ball for themselves as long as it lasts. But in this situation with these enormous fires also birds will suffer. Here is the link. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/01/wildfires-birds-animals-australia/

    We have to educate our children to take care of Mother Earth. We are doing a lousy job.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 08.2020 | 07:46 am

AL. S.

This is a very important subject and something that should be discussed. Many times we humans will introduce something to their local area in order to take care of a specific need and end up causing all kinds of unforeseen issues that have lasting effects. I had no idea about the 5G problems for songbirds, it’s not even something that I think anyone knows about. Do you have any sources that I could research further into this?

Mar 20.2021 | 03:35 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Al,

    Thank you for your visit and for your comment. 

    On both my websites I have posts on the different radiations and their effects. On my health site, one of them is on Smart Diapers. To think that parents radiate their babies is awful, but it happens as the companies do not inform people about these things. Money makes the world go round.

    Good to hear you want to know more about the disastrous effects radiation has on fauna, flora, and humans. On my page Recommendations you will find a 5G Summit and also the 5G Space Appeal. I am also forwarding a link to an American.org. I am sure that after you have investigated all the material, there will be no doubt for you that 5G is about the worst human invention.

    Here is the link. https://www.americansforresponsibletech.org/scientific-studies?fbclid=IwAR3Gnk20oXmlW-m-QKTa4C0ny8vJCEIrOwfeE0PRVSj3sAGIYbxvhPOnRs4

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 21.2021 | 07:41 am

MIchel

Loved the video you included on this post with all the bird sounds. I love birds, and cannot imagine how bleak our world will be without them around. In the morning they are the first things we hear and their song brightens up our day.

It is sad that man-made products are causing so much destruction in nature. I think that governments tend to turn a deaf ear because it will mean a loss of revenue for them to get rid of some of the products. 5G is just one example.

Sadly future generations will not have the privilege to see all the wonders of nature the way we have, and who knows what the condition of the earth will be like by then. Whether or not it will remain human-friendly remains to be seen too.

Mar 20.2021 | 03:52 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Michel,

    I get the impression that Mother Earth is rather fed-up with her renters. Let’s face it, we may live our earthly life here, but we should take good care of our environment so that future generations also can enjoy it. Instead, we over exploit the resources because we are greedy and millions of people go hungry and thirsty. A pitiful sight. 

    I wonder where this will lead us and think a big awakening is needed so that at the last minute we change course for a better one. 

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 21.2021 | 03:27 pm

Joyce Easton

Thanks for coming up with this highly-touching post! It’s a thing of sadness to see the world move gradually into a destination of destruction with all these new inventions and technologies. 5G isn’t an exception, as we recently heard of the massive number of birds that died when it was being experimented. Not only birds were affected, but some humans too lost their lives in some parts of the world where it was turned ON for just a couple of seconds.

I thought people are supposed to invent things that are useful to humanity, not harmful. We hope to have a better world of like-minded people instead of those that are born to destroy. Thanks for your dedication!

Joyce

Mar 20.2021 | 04:14 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Joyce,

    Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Since I started with my websites in January 2017, my worldview has transformed. The more you investigate, the more crazy things come to light. The damage humanity is doing to the planet and to others is enormous and very sad. 

    It has happened often that someone invented an extremely clever and useful thing, but then, because of greed, it is silenced, hidden, or killed off. A good example is Nikola Tesla. 

    Too many people still do not understand that the total creation is important and everything has its rightful place. We may not destroy; we have the obligation to protect. 

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 21.2021 | 03:19 pm

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