Have you noticed a change in the birds in your yard and neighborhood?
Since the climate has been changing, are the birds that normally would migrate south staying in your region?
So far migration patterns and habits among bird populations in my area (Wichita Falls, Texas) have not shown significant change. Oh, we may have a few more Canada geese hang around to take up residency, but if this exceptional drought continues, they will move on.
Hey Debbie, thanks for asking about the change in the birds migrating where I live. I have not noticed any significant change, my humming bird friends move out with the local farmers harvesting their soybeans, and corn. Ducks and Geese move through on their way south as usual. Buzzards gather, and move on as days shorten and old man winter has his way with things.
With all the talk about, climate change, weather patterns have cycles. Volcanic activity, the use of fossil fuels, and population of man ever expanding makes us all wonder. What this world is coming too?
Make it a great day, teddletonmr
Good question! I love birds. From the humble sparrow to the crazed woodpecker and on into cuckoos and hawks and herons and all of them!
There are subtle changes occurring within the bird population but no major shifts in behaviour as yet. Being in the UK the most noticable difference in weather patterns for our locality - north England, Yorkshire - is with rainfall. We've had lots of rain and some serious flooding.- mostly in autumn (your fall) which has affected harvests of grain and some veggies. Luckily for the birds this is happening post hatch so there's no harm done.
If this rainfall /flooding pattern changes and occurs in early spring when birds are nesting and rearing then there will be damage done to numbers and that might become a problem. So far so good.
We're lucky to have a mild, temperate climate here in the UK. There are no real extremes - compared to countries like yours! - so the outlook for indigenous birds is good in the context of climate change.
Migrant bird behaviour could change if weather patterns in Europe and Russia are affected.
Our birds suffer most through:
loss of habitat via development and intensive farming
use of chemicals on the land
In some respects climate change is the least of their worries because hopefully they'll have time to adapt to whatever Mother Nature throws at them!
The only thing I've noticed is less winter birds this year. We always had a nice variety in the winter but this year quite a few are missing. The old standards are here and of course our downy woodpecker but I do miss the others. (upstate NY)
Mary - Which birds are missing? Maybe they have remained in the areas that have provided all their needs through the winter months.
I'm not seeing as many snow birds ... black capped chickadees are few and far between as, for some reason are the goldfinches. I haven't seen a White-breasted Nuthatch or wren yet this year either. The titmouse is around but not in great numbers.
I really love those little chickadees, nuthatch and titmouse. Add the melodious chatter to the bird feeders.
No, we live in Montana and pretty much everything goes south for warmer weather and I wish I was with them! But so far I cannot say I have seen any difference in any wildlife in our area except deer because we are overrun by wolves right now.
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