The smaller the neighbour the bigger the bite.
Our local patch of forest and shrubs is also home to Muscicapa striata. According to the IUCN the species is threatened by biocide-induced reductions or contamination of insect populations, removal of old trees and general habitat deterioration.
I spotted this Dendrocopos major in Luxembourg. The species seems to be doing well. However, deforestation and air pollution can cause problems.
This Linaria cannabina was perching in the dunes of Dunkirk in France. The species is in decline because of ‘the intensification of agriculture, resulting in destruction of hedgerows, improved harvesting of cereals, and the eradication of fallow and weedy fields through application of herbicides‘.
The bird is also commonly mentioned in popular culture, e.g. mentioned by Charles Dickens or Oscar Wilde. Thanks to the people on birdforum.net for their help with the ID.
On a recent visit to Luxembourg, I encountered this Turdus pilaris and its earthworm. The species is actually doing alright at the moment, but the birds are hunted and eaten by people.
Milvus migrans is a wide-spread species. I encountered this one in Vietnam, but I also saw them regularly on the floodplains of the Danube in Slovakia and Austria. The birds are threatened by pesticides, habitat destruction and wind farms. So go solar for your energy 🙂 .
It was a few years ago on Loch Morlich in Scotland where I encountered what I think is a female Spatula querquedula. The species is listed as least concern on the Red List, but numbers are in decline and threats are aplenty:
- habitat deterioration and destruction (dam building, irrigation)
- destruction of nests through meadow mowing
- lead poisoning
- hunting (eg in France)