Useful And Fantastic: Saving The Little Birds
"Surely small birds have enough predators with cats, foxes and cars. Surely there is no need to protect all of the growing hordes of native crows or Australian ravens,'' writes Val Yule.
Here’s something I sent around during last spring when murder filled our local bushland and gardens. The response of our local State department was that have no fear, they the predators play a part in the food chain. Disregarding that their intrusion into the food chain has been very recent.
It is spring and the air is filled all day with the anguished squawks of smaller birds vainly trying to divert enormous crows from taking babies from their nests. Pairs of noisy miners are squawking at crows this minute - it is dusk, and they must be exhausted.
Every spring there are fewer little birds, and wrens and tits quite plentiful 20 years ago seem to have gone. Crows can be seen sometimes flying down the street with little birds in their beaks.
Surely small birds have enough predators with cats, foxes and cars. Surely there is no need to protect all of the growing hordes of native crows or Australian ravens, on the grounds they have an important role in the food chain.
While we mourn for all the wildlife extinctions we cannot personally stop ,surely we can do something about what is happening in our own backyards.
We have armies of crows, even bands of fifty at a time, perched down at our shopping centre, waiting for the litter that spills around.
One thing that could be done is for everyone to prevent litter being around to keep these crows going when it is not baby-bird season.
If crows were denied protection, it is VERY unlikely that THEY would become extinct. (Could they be made more edible, like rook pie in the past?)
It is not just the little birds in the garden that suffer from our wasteful littering. Today our little wild duck is back, flying around looking for somewhere to nest this springtime - but the last time she nested in the jungle by our back fence - the rats came and took eggs from under her even while she was sitting on them - she flew out with a terrible squawking scream, and never returned there. Instead, she and her mate went round inspecting every other possible place they could find - and still could not find anywhere safe. All the year round, when there are not the special spring delicacies of birds’ eggs and babies, rats as well as crows and foxes keep going on the litter we waste.
So is there anything else we can do? Campaign to stop protecting suburban native crows and try to protect the small native birds instead, and stop allowing overflowing litter bins in public places and petfood in back yards.