I'm glad you wrote in, Peter - a very similar situation here in
Bennington as well. No winter specialties. Large periodic goldfinch
flocks and otherwise, resident species numbers way down with numbers
like yours. In addition, I have a resident Red-bellied Woodpecker
pair, a flicker that has figured out the suet and emboldened crows.
We've had one Cedar Waxwing - that in itself unusual - this winter.
>I was wondering if others are having an unusual feeder season this year, I am.
>It has certainly has been much quieter then passed years here on lake
>Pauline. No winter finches or Evening Grosbeaks. I had one Pine Siskin back in
>late November, non since then. No Red Breasted Nuthatch, even the Blue jay
>numbers are way down. First time here on the lake that there is no wintering
>Mallards or Canada geese and the most surprising is no Barred Owls. There has
>been 3 around here on the lake for as long as I can remember.
>This is what has been seen around here lately, any mix of this list on a given
>day is what makes up my feeder day right now:
>American Goldfinch 50 ++ this number goes up and down with the weather
>Tufted Titmouse 2
>Blue jay 1 or 2 now and then
>Dark-eyed ( slate ) Junco 7
>Morning Dove 3
>Hairy Woodpecker 2
>Downy Woodpecker 2
>White breasted Nuthatch 2
>Some days its just chickadees. What are others experiencing?