In searching for the answer to my Q, I found this list serve. I moved to
rural Sharon, VT in August and don't really see or hear birds except for a
pair of young ruffed grouse (in August) and a few crows.
I put out oil seed, thistle and suet 14 days ago, and have seen no birds
yet. This is very rare in my experience - usually within a week at a new
location the chickadees find it.
What's going on? Where are the backyard birds?