Due to the efforts of mankind I believe we are now witnessing a speeding up of evolution. For centuries the seabird has frequented the coastal regions of our countries, coming "inland" only when stormy. Nowadays, using the UK as an example, these birds are now commonly found in the middle of this island, miles from the sea, living and breeding on mans deposits. Similarly the fox, a rural animal, is now more commonly found in urban areas than in the countryside; again as a result of man. In the USA, similar stories of animals usually associated with the "wilds" are now living side by side with mankind. The seabird will eventually lose its webbed feet as a consequence I would imagine! Normal birdlife, so prevalent when I was younger, is losing its foothold to a dramatic increase in Magpies, Seabirds and he more common scavengers of the air. Numbers of the "common" birds are falling alarmingly. The Magpie is a really nasty piece of work. Where my wife works, they had a "pet" robin and blackbird which would come to them for breakfast each day. Magpies killed them and their young and left them lying on the nearby roof! Do you, out there, have similar stories of note?Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!