On the late afternoon of 28th June the Newcastle area suffered a terrible storm which resulted in severe flooding over a large area. We received more than a fortnight's rain in an hour. The sky was black and the thunder and lightning terrifying.. The rain fell with huge force damaging plants and shrubs. In my garden. I have several very mature bushes and some quite large trees. I have been feeding the birds for many years and have been saddened by the realisation that I have not seen any Blue tits or Coal tits, Robins or Bullfinches.since the storm. I have seen two goldfinches but had been seeing several at any one time during the day. I can only think the small birds have died in the ferocity of the rain and wind.
We seem to be seeing more sparrows . Also we had not seen starlings at all for some time but the storm seems to have relocated them and we had twenty sitting on the bushes in the sunshine drying out on Friday morning in the sunshine.
Nature can have such devastating results.
Hi Valerie welcome to the forum from Sheffield.
Sorry to hear about the effect the storm had on you all not just the wildlife.
It's been a bad year so far for the birds especially the small ones like the Blue Tits,we've had a lot dying in the nestboxes this year.
But i think nature has a way of bouncing back and if we get some decent weather soon you may see the birds back in your garden.
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It is really sad to see the effects this 'summer' is having on our wildlife.
I live in Nottingham and we have house martins nest under the apex of our roof every year, they are such a joy to watch, but about a week ago I was devastated when I arrived home to find four dead chicks had been thrown from the nest onto my drive, they didn't look more than a couple of days old. Obviously due to the cold, wet and windy weather the adults have been unable to find food for the chicks.
They are still in the nest so i'm hoping they have laid more eggs, lets hope the weather improves soon or they may lose these as well!