An Audlem resident has reported an almost total absence of some common garden birds such as the chaffinch, green finch and house sparrow in recent weeks. They used to be common in his garden, which is in a rural location south of the village, but he says they have now become conspicuous by their absence. Plenty of crows, rooks, magpies and wood pigeons, he reports, but little else.
Similar reports have been made elsewhere. One national newspaper attributed bird feeders as an issue, and the ease with which diseases can be spread if the feeders are not cleaned regularly. Various other theories have been related to the weather, both here and in areas such as Scandinavia where so many of our winter visitors come from. Redwings and fieldfares are both reported to be late in arriving this year in the UK from their Scandinavian breeding grounds.
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