Date: 7/25/20 9:32 am
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds...>
Subject: Fwd: [NHBirds] Pawtuckaway - no bugs?
On Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 12:29 PM Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds...>
wrote:

> I’ve certainly noted a great decrease in insects over the years. Just an
> example—I remember years ago cars adorned with hundreds of splatted bugs,
> especially after driving in the evening or night.
> Many fewer Swallows and Chimney Swifts too.
> My area has undergone a lot of habitat loss, which may be a factor
> locally. But it’s certainly a concern. If a study like those done in Europe
> were to be done in the US, I bet there would be similar losses found.
>
> Chris Sheridan
> Nashua
>
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2020 at 8:27 AM Jane Hills <jhbird...> wrote:
>
>> Earlier this morning I decided to give myself and my car some exercise,
>> so I ventured out to spend a while at Pawtuckaway State Park. The foliage
>> was thick and the birds quiet, so my list (below) is short. But I’m
>> wondering if anyone else has noticed the near-absence of bugs over the past
>> few years? When I began birding about 30-35 years ago, going to
>> Pawtuckaway meant a bug net and loads of bug spray, and even then it was
>> hard to see through the swarm. This morning there were only a few bugs and
>> no spray or net was needed. I read about a study in Europe indicating that
>> we are killing a lot of bugs with our pesticides, so the numbers there were
>> way down. This is another case of what’s good/comfortable for the birder
>> isn’t necessarily good for the birds! It’s concerning.
>>
>>
>>
>> Wood Duck
>>
>> Wild Turkey
>>
>> Northern Flicker
>>
>> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
>>
>> Hairy Woodpecker
>>
>> Downey Woodpecker
>>
>> Eastern Kingbird
>>
>> Eastern Phoebe
>>
>> Eastern Wood-pewee
>>
>> Willow Flycatcher
>>
>> Tree Swallow
>>
>> Black-capped Chickadee
>>
>> Tufted Titmouse
>>
>> White-breasted Nuthatch
>>
>> Red-breasted Nuthatch
>>
>> Brown Creeper
>>
>> Gray Catbird
>>
>> Eastern Bluebird
>>
>> American Robin
>>
>> Hermit Thrush
>>
>> Wood Thrush
>>
>> Red-eyed Vireo
>>
>> Black-and-White Warbler
>>
>> Pine Warbler
>>
>> Scarlet Tanager
>>
>> American Goldfinch
>>
>> Chipping Sparrow
>>
>> Swamp Sparrow
>>
>>
>>
>> *Jane*
>>
>>
>>
>> Jane Hills
>>
>> Manchester, NH
>>
>> jhbird(at)myfairpoint(dot)net
>>
>>
>>
>> "We are all environmentalists now, but we are not all planetists. An
>> environmentalist realizes that nature has its pleasures and deserves
>> respect. A planetist puts the earth ahead of the earthlings." --William
>> Safire
>>
>>
>>
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