Here at our store in Manchester I can report many, many customers having the same low feeder season Peter describes. Unusual in that so many even casual bird feeding customers have mentioned it to us - though the past several days have seen an uptick in seed sales.
I have noticed that at our home the goldfinch population has quintupled the past 2 days, from zero to five. Only other unusual numbers are titmouse - 9-10 every day, though as mentioned, our feeders are being emptied a bit quicker this past week than has been the norm for this season since November. Juncos, woodpeckers and titmice predominate.
The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch
Manchester Center, VT
On Jan 30, 2010, at 8:16 AM, Peter Manship wrote:
> 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:
> Chickadee 16
> American Goldfinch 50 ++ this number goes up and down with the weather
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Cardinal 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?
> Good Birding
> Peter Manship
> Lake Pauline
> Ludlow Vt