Where Are the Birds??
I stopped by Wild Birds Unlimited yesterday and asked if they had any ideas as to why we haven’t been seeing any birds at the feeders this year.
I mentioned that we started feeding last year, and we immediately had tons of finches, pine siskins and redpolls. This year, we have more feeders, and a wider variety of food, and we’re hardly seeing any birds (okay, we are getting occasional chickadees and downy woodpeckers).
The gal there told me that she wished it was just a matter of using a different bird food, but in fact, everyone in the area is seeing a decline in the number of winter finches and redpolls this year. Darn. I was kind of hoping that there was some magic bird food blend that was doing the trick.
She did say that she thinks the starlings and crows are particularly numerous this year, which could be having some affect. I can certainly agree with her about their numbers – we’ve got a flock of 20-30 starlings that hang around our block on a regular basis.
Humph. Oh well…