Sufficient food - birds benefit from "false spring" this year

This time, the large bird census initiated by Birdlife shows: The “false spring” facilitates the natural search for food and reduces the number of birds in settlements; Styrian Piepmätze are also more or less self-sufficient.

For the 14th time, Birdlife Austria asked for a large bird census – and set a record nationwide with 24,532 participants. 474,554 beepers were reported, on average there were only 26 per garden, in 458 there was not even a single one! However, what Birdlife spokeswoman Susanne Schreiner emphasizes is not due to bird deaths, but to a lot of food in the forest – especially at the beginning of the year there was a lack of ice and snow cover. In addition, trees have a mast year with many fruits. What was also noticeable when counting: happy chirping, as we otherwise only know from spring, “woodpeckers are even already marking out their territory” – according to Schreiner, this is also a result of the “wrong spring”. to warm temperatures.Spatz vor MeiseStyria-specific details: 4099 Styrians counted 96,252 birds, on average there were 31 birdies in the garden. That is a fifth less than in the previous year, but more than the Austrian average. House sparrows were sighted most frequently, followed by tree sparrows and great tits. The new developments can be attributed to climate change, “the consequences of which will only be seen,” says Schreiner.

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