On the flip side of yesterday's post about too many aphids, today I'm asking why there seem to be so few birds at the feeders this winter. The question was raised in the forum by Carol, from Oh What a Beautiful Garden - Chicagoland. Carol later noticed a cooper hawk on her property, which could easily be the reason smaller birds were avoiding her feeders. But several other folks had also noticed a lack of feathered feasters from Canada down to Florida. And the reports of mass bird deaths isn't making us feel more comfortable.
I've often heard that even more than food, birds need non-frozen water in winter and a heated bird bath is mighty attractive to many wild birds. An interesting article from the New Hampshire Audubon gives several reasons the bird population may appear sparse. And some birds we take for granted as year long residents actually migrate accationally "...in response to food supplies or weather cues we can't detect. The birds you see in summer may not be the same individuals you see in winter. " I guess that means I should stop giving them names.
Have you noticed a lack of birds at your feeders or maybe you've seen the crew that used to congregate at mine? I'd love to hear what's going on in other gardens.
- What Others are Noticing
- Atracting Birds in Winter
- Best Winter Bird Foods
- Plants that Feed the Birds
- Join Project Feeder Watch
Photo: © Marie Iannotti.