by Taetske | 3:36 pm
(Last Updated On: September 21, 2020)

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 main 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 with seeds

Bird feeder with seeds


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 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 it chance to survive and produce a family is greatly reduced.


Water basin for birds

Water basin for birds


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 natures 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 participated 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 birds were used as indicators to see how healthy the environment was. DDT had already been used for many years since it was cheap. Slowly but surely one started to realize it was damaging the fauna.

First, one thought it was mainly impacting 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. Whole flocks of bird might die because of drinking this water. Support your local farmers who use organic techniques and keep the fields clean.



The various reasons why birds 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, are 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


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


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 to 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.



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 appropriate 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 a big 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 that the birdhouses are safe for nesting.



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.


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


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


    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


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


    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


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


    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


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! 


Jan 07.2020 | 08:34 am


    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.

    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

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