Readers respond to a letter writer who was afraid that the hot summer had wiped out a generation of small birds
The paucity of birds in Mary Julian’s Hackney garden (Letters, 18 October) is perhaps a problem of the metropolis. Here in Newcastle on the day after her letter was published we enjoyed our usual great tit, blue tit, coal tit, gold finch, chaffinch, green finch, dunnock, blackbird, robin, starling, wood pigeon and ring-necked parakeet. The weekend before, we had wren, bullfinch, jackdaw, crow and a pair of long-tailed tits; and earlier that week, we had a greater spotted woodpecker and a couple of visits by the neighbourhood sparrowhawk.
Reg and Val Hall
Newcastle upon Tyne
• Perhaps the birds missing from Mary Julian’s garden have migrated five miles north-west to Crouch End. Our garden feeders regularly attract goldfinches, nuthatches, robins, dunnocks, jays, great tits, wood pigeons, blackbirds – and parakeets.
Judith and Malcolm Abbs
Crouch End, London