I’ve seen/heard good-sized flocks in the woods this winter. Perhaps plenty of seed there? Cones? At home, the flock sizes increased when there was cold and deep snow and have dropped again here now with melt and rising temps.
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From: Ruth <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:08:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [VTBIRD] NO BIRDS! and chickadees
Unbelievably, I have seen NO birds at my feeders or suet today. From dawn till I left the house at 9 a.m. - NO BIRDS! Not a junco in sight. I looked around for predators, but saw none. Now as dusk approaches... still not a bird at my feeders. Is this happening any were else today - Thurs.?
I have just read the summary report of this year's CBirdCounts https://vtecostudies.org/blog/cbc-roundup-the-118th-christmas-bird-count-by-the-numbers/ EVERYONE, reported low numbers of chickadees. This goes along with fewer birds at feeders during the fall... and who knows what the GBBC will turn up. Has anyone speculated what has happened to the chickadees? Die off? moved south? hiding? This is very disconcerting to me.
E. Dorset, VT