"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Robin Redbreast in Harm's Way

Amazingly given the UK weather the Earth section of the Telegraph is in a Cancun frenzy and is chokkers with articles on Global Warming full of dire warnings of what"might" and "could "happen if the Met Office was right for once. Sandwiched amongst this mire of impending doom was  a reality check on the losses the savage winters have imposed on the population of robins and other UK bird life - all doing it tough in the icy weather.

A Robin in WinterRobins are as much a part of the festive period as Christmas trees and mince pies. But experts are warning there will be far fewer of the birds to be seen in the nation's gardens this winter after a big drop in their population.

The number of robins is 27 per cent lower than average, and at its lowest level since 1997, according to a major study.
The birds – which do not migrate – suffered during last winter's freeze, when average temperatures fell to a 30 year low, reducing the amount of available food for them.
Turning from the predominantly fantasy Earth section of the paper we see that things are not going to improve soon for the robins with the current weather news and temperatures predicted to go to minus 20 degrees Centigrade.

The worst November snowfall for decades has brought travel chaos as forecasters warn temperatures could dip as low as minus 20C in the coming days.

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