We have birds in almost the same numbers but many more bluejays and doves. We scatter seed over a pretty big area in order to attract juncos and tree sparrows, who prefer to eat on the ground. (this also keeps the english sparrows from taking it all. We also put seed out before sunrise, since we noticed that English Sparrows are late to arise)
My question is about crows. For the last 10 years or so we've put out a few donuts for “our" crow family every morning in the winter. We’ve noticed large flocks of crows everywhere for the last few months (around here corn was harvested a lot later this year). For a few days during this cold snap, we had 8 or 10 hanging around and they were eating birdseed. Did crows move south from Canada this year for some reason? Aren’t crows used to weather like this? They must have been starving to go to the trouble of eating birdseed, and to overcome their reluctance to come so close to the house.
> On Jan 8, 2018, at 4:54 PM, Martha McClintock <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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