The Other Coast by Adrian Raeside

The Other Coast

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  1. bagbalm

    bagbalm said, over 2 years ago

    Kitties get a few too.

  2. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 2 years ago

    Birds, butterflies, bees and a lot of beasts! We haven’t seen a hedgehog for about three years here, and they used to be as common as sparrows (come to think of it, there aren’t many sparrows).
    Of course, this lack of such “apex” predators (apex n England, anyway – we don’t have much in the way of savage feral beasts) means that their prey breeds in abundance – we are not enjoying a super-rich abundance of God’s precious gift of snails and (worse!) slugs. (At least snails have the courtesy to wear a shell so that you can’t see how disgusting they are.)
    We have had over a month of sold torrential rain and flooding here in the north of England, and the snails have climbed trees to avoid the torrent, and sit up there hanging like some sort of vile, crunchy fruit! There are millions of the blighters . . .

  3. siskando2

    siskando2 said, over 2 years ago

    Kitties get a LOT – studies have shown(can’t quote actual ones right now) they have a significant impact on bird populations, which is worrying. There are more and more cats – feral ones, and pets – and people don’t think their sweet little kitty could or would catch birds, since they’re well-fed and all. Ha! Of all the cats that go out at all, probably at least 75% of them hunt at least a little. And if just those only caught 1 bird a year – that’s still a major amount. And it’s not just “nature’s way” – since humans are taking over more and more habitat, these are “extra” predators introduced onto the scene. We HAVE to limit our pets’ access to wildlife before many species of (our favourite) birds are extinct – a real “silent spring”. I know this because I have cats, who go out (on a limited basis), and one who DOES hunt very successfully – which I work to curtail. We all have the responsibility to limit this predation, though it isn’t always easy!….(And the snails in trees! OMG – that sounds just horrible!! My sympathies.)

  4. moe_the_cat

    moe_the_cat said, over 2 years ago

    They come they go, here in the deep south we’ve had a terrific renaissance in the populations of wild turkeys, cranes, eagles, hawks, and falcons.
    Meanwhile in the four legged varieties; alligators are actually becoming a nuisance again, bobcats are thriving, red and silver foxes are seen in pairs now, coyotes are a common sight, wolves get spotted occasionally, and there are even reports of panthers popping up.
    It’s a good era for critters in the wild now, but our cats have to stay in the house most of the time

  5. Chewiek9

    Chewiek9 said, over 2 years ago

    Come to my bathroom window at 5 in the morning. Tweet tweet.

  6. rush.diana

    rush.diana said, over 2 years ago

    Kitties get very few, Audubon Society likes to blame cats for the decimation of songbirds. Cats do catch rodents and many, many of them.
    Birds are alot harder to catch than rodents. While there are some cats who have mastered the technique of catching birds on the fly the vast majority of their prey is of the rodent variety.

    As an aside, I believe cats should remain indoors for their own safety unless they are “working” farm kitties.

  7. kirbey

    kirbey GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    awwwwww Koko, I feel the same way too.
    It is not just pesticides.
    I read an article (wish I still had it) when the birds in the UK that fly south France and beyond are coming back in smaller numbers each year because of people who shoot them for sport, fun and plain being stupid and cats !
    Especially cats let outside in the cities. Cats kill just for fun and enjoyment it is so sad.
    It was a “wake-up” article.

  8. Badfisherman

    Badfisherman said, over 2 years ago

    @Pacopuddy

    Quick, get some clarified butter !!

  9. Bargrove

    Bargrove said, over 2 years ago

    Rachel Carson lives on. It was her book
    that killed DDT.

  10. Redkaycei Repoc

    Redkaycei Repoc said, over 2 years ago

    @Penny Robinson Fan Club

    If by always you means since 1819 yes, before that no

  11. codedaddy

    codedaddy GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t get the joke about “silent spring”. Apparently everyone else does or no one else wants to embarrass themselves by asking for help!

  12. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @swr

    Wrong, in Europe songbirds are caught on glue-sticks by the hundreds of thousands each year. A piece of meat about the size of a nut results. It is considered a delicacy in Southern Europe and is leading to extinction for some species of songbirds! Raptors have been shot ,trapped and poisoned by ranchers in this country for decades.

  13. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @swr

    As for wind power hurting birds,unfortunately that is true, but many more are gobbled by domestic cats. Fewer birds are being injured as better wind power turbine designs are instituted and the turbines are shut off during peak raptor migrations, and migration routes are being studied and avoided by turbine placement out of migration routes.

  14. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I have a degree in botany and ornithology, what makes you an expert, what are your credentials swr?

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @codedaddy

    Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring” about DDT and it’s effects on birds, which helped to launch the environmental revolution in America.

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