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Where Have All the Sparrows Gone?


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, sparrows )

Cher
- 757 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
The population of house sparrows has declined by 20 million in the last 40 years, according to a new RSPB report.



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Lisa Neste (711)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 7:54 am
Sadly noted.
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 8:37 am
So sad. The French word for sparrow is hirondelle. It's such a beautiful sounding word for the little bird.
 

V.S. M. (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 9:19 am
The English sparrow was introduced into the United States 100+ years ago and has become a pest species in the United States. I can tell you where they all are--in our parking lots!! Anyone from the U.K can come and get them!! They can take all the other hundreds of introduced European plants back with them too!!!
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 9:48 am
heartbreaking
 

Jacquie S. (25)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 10:18 am
Think a generally hostile bird environment, pesticides, a few feral kitties, and other domestic pets that are roaming around in environments to which they do not really belong. Bird traffic has to deal with endless people structures, many of which are electric in nature. Many have taken to handouts at restaurant locations, and our food is not good for their health. In any case, I have personally noted that there are less bird in general, and it makes me very sad.
 

. (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 10:20 am
sadly noted
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 10:26 am
come to America, take your birds back. we don't want your birds. they are beating up our birds.

take your birds back now that you need them.
 

Christeen Anderson (549)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 12:59 pm
This is quite sad.
 

Angela Gottschalk (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 1:07 pm
Noted. We must do all we can to help them
 

michelle t. (41)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 1:12 pm
Horrible humans are exterminating all animal species and the environment
 

Dianne D. (462)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 2:09 pm
Very sad.

"If all the beasts were gone, man would die from loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast, happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of earth." Chief Seattle
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 2:37 pm
Unless people share stories like this, the world in general would never know just how fast we are loosing control.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 3:32 pm
So sad.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 4:21 pm
I still see quite a few around - I have loads of berries in my garden, and I put out birdseed, which, I guess, helps
 

Russie C. (4)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 7:05 pm
I put out bird seed, but I sure see a lot less sparrows that I use too, what a shame, I love birds.
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (174)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 8:29 pm
Shared on Facebook.
 

Barb Knight (1680)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 8:44 pm
Oh, so sad. Thnx Cher.
 

Veronica C. (45)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 10:29 pm
I still have mine. There are less than I had over the summer, but I have my regulars. They know me, and my jar of peanuts.
 

june t. (66)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 10:40 pm
I wish people realized how much damage their cats do to the bird population when they let them out...
 

David C. (29)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:10 pm

i think they are in my garden, at the last count there are was150 eating the blackberry's!
 

Pogle S. (88)
Tuesday November 20, 2012, 11:18 pm
Luckily, there is a small flock of sparrows that live in my street. I love walking past their hedges and trees and listening to their twittering, tweeting and family discussions,
 

Brigitta MacMillan (4)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 5:41 am
It is indeed a sad situation and unfortunately it's bound to continue as long as we humans continue to develop land. But at least they're not blaming cats this time. ",,,scientist who worked on the report, blamed change in land use so there is less food for birds to eat in the countryside and places to nest."
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 6:34 am
read & noted
 

Ruth S. (297)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 7:07 am
Heartbreaking news.
 

Valerie H. (136)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 7:21 am
yes...I have definitely noticed the lack of birds (in general) over the past 10 years......That is why I make sure my feeders are full for those that are still around....such a pleasure to watch these fellows!
 

Bee S. (206)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 7:50 am
:-((((((
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 8:12 am
DOMESTIC CATS ALLOWED TO ROAM OUTDOORS KILL MILLIONS OF BIRDS EVERY YEAR!

It is NOT ''cruel'' to contain a cat indoors. They are NOT ''natural'' animals in an ecosystem!
 

Suzanne L. (137)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 9:04 am
There are far fewer sparrows in Canada too. They used to be numerous where I live but we hardly see any now.
 

Sue H. (1)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 9:36 am
I have also noted that there are not as many sparrows where I live in Canada too. I miss the flock I used to feed all winter long. Was unable to note this news item, wonder why?
 

Ruth M. (252)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 11:34 am
V.M. We in the United Kingdom could say to you to take your gray squirrels, mink and many other species back but of course it's not possible. I'm sad that you think the sparrow is a pest you're probably not a lover of birds or animals life wouldn't be the same without them! I feel sorry for people like you, you don't know what wonders you are missing!!!!
 

mick cave (36)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 12:52 pm
Just been on local news in UK- in 20 years the decline to house sparrows 50 percent,thrush's 58 percent ,and starlings 30 per cent..scary...mostly bla,med on modern farming ,and urbanisation.........
 

Tammy P. (21)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 5:00 pm
How do we get the sparrows to come back?
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 10:16 am
Environment for the birds became inappropriate,This was because the actions of human beings.Thanks for sub.
 

Melania Padilla (184)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 11:21 am
Such a shame.... It seems this is the story of humankind ;(
 

natalie n. (164)
Friday November 23, 2012, 5:40 am
we are just killing nature by developing everyday, how tragic.
 

Colleen Prinssen (14)
Monday November 26, 2012, 6:00 am
Ruth M. oh, some of us are mad that "you are killing our squirrels" but nobody is jumping up gpoing to take them. we just want everyone to take back their animals. like how they expect all the Burmese pythons "to go home"
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday December 11, 2012, 3:22 am
sadly noted
 
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