It is reported that North America is poorer by forty billion birds since 2005. As an untrained observer, I say the starlings (a common, gray bird, native to England) are increasing on Long Island judging by the cloud-like flocks they form in the fall and winter.
So all is not dismal with the birds. But I feel bad for the native North American and other birds I used to see, like the black-capped chickadee, the robin, the common wren, and one I haven’t seen in years, the blue bird. Could our use of pesticides be making that large a dent?
We do need to leave more habitat for lovely birds like the bobolink, the blue Jay, the mourning dove. And does the lawn need all that grub control, surface bug killer? A lawn does not have to be perfect to make an aesthetic impact. We’ve got to share planet Earth, lest it die.