BIRDS OF BACKYARDS
These small birds named “wild birds” come daily into our gardens and yards to feed at the bird-feeders we offer to them, to nest under our roofs or in our trees, to raise their youngs sheltered from the predators and to enchant our days.
These species lived formerly in the surrounding countryside, and even if these birds came close to our houses, then they returned towards their wild habitat.
Today, this habitat suffered many changes. The wild areas are cultivated and poisoned by pesticides which do not allow them to find their favourite insects or berries. The forests disappear and the trees which offered branches and foliage to hide their nests are removed or very few, that involves competitions between several species to find a free cavity or space to procreate.
This is why the disappearance of the habitat leads these birds towards our houses. The species adapt to humans, and know how to get the maximum from them by recovering food, finding nest-sites and the necessary protection for the continuity of the species.
Several species known as “common” are regularly observed in gardens, yards or neighbourhoods, but some of their behaviours deserve to be more carefully studied, for lack of being well understood!
The species' names can be found here: Avibase (Lepage Denis)
List of the species:
The cards tagged * contain more pictures by means of a slideshow.
The sounds are already available at the rubric "Voice" in every card.
Romantic House Sparrow, a new species? (First observation of this behaviour)