posting from Larry Haugh....
>One of the nice enjoyments of the winter in our back yard is the great
>number of cardinals that can show up in a group to add color to the bare
>bushes in back near the feeders. They are here as usual this year for me.
>This last weekend I had up to 14 at one time, with most of those males.
>(My yard record may be 20 seen in 2002.)
>A female N. Bobwhite that had visited earlier in the season, came back
>this last weekend. The big surprise on Sunday, after the big snow fall
>here, was seeing her up in the hopper feeder getting her share of
>sunflower seeds! She always had stayed on the ground before. I hope she
>finds a way to survive the winter without a covey to keep her warm.
>I hope the occasional reports of redpolls in New England mean that
>eventually I will get to see one this winter too, but no luck so far.
>At 12:29 PM 12/7/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>>Two C. Redpolls in Shaftsbury before the storm.
>>A question: in general are people seeing fewer cardinals this winter? We
>>usually have up to ten pairs - especially during a storm. This year we
>>have one male, one female.
>>Bonnie Dundas [log in to unmask] 4477433.