Here in Calais we just use tube feeders with black oil sunflower seeds and
We were amazed this fall and throughout the winter so far that the many
many chicadees of past winters have been reduced to few. The rose breasted
nuthatch has not appeared. And just one or two white breasted nuthatches.
Downy and Hairy woodpeckers come to the suet. And some gold finches are at
the feeders. Unusual this winter are one or two juncos who are happy to
feed at the shallow catch basins we have attached at the bottom of the
On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 6:12 PM, Bonnie Dundas <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Although we are hosting the usual numbers of chickadees, titmice and
> nuthatches at our feeders here in Bennington, we noticed that their numbers
> were very depressed in both the Bennington and Salem, NY Christmas Bird
> Counts. Bonnie Dundas
> -----Original Message----- From: Martha McClintock
> Sent: Monday, January 08, 2018 4:54 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Feeder Bird Question
> We live on the edge of woods and have two large feeding stations with a
> platform feeder and hopper feeder for black oil sunflower, a suet feeder, a
> tube feeder for niger and millet, and even a peanut feeder on each. This
> year, we have close to 50 mourning doves, 15 blue jays, and 7 juncos (on
> the ground) as regular visitors. Downy, hairy woodpeckers, titmice,
> nuthatches, cardinals, and even chickadees are around but visiting less and
> less. Is it because of the bigger birds? (Yeah, I know, juncos are not
> We have the feeders grouped together on tall, stovepipe covered posts to
> discourage squirrels. It works well at keeping squirrels from taking over
> but is that arrangement less attractive to smaller birds?
> This did not seem to be an issue in previous years and I miss the titmice
> and nuthatches.
> Any thoughts?
> (usually birding in) Westford