Since the snow mostly melted again, my yard birds have dipped again and are
fewer than usual for winter. I base this on my memory of past years and
the fact that I don't have to fill the feeders every day or two.
Missing have been the American Goldfinches (and Pine Siskins). Instead of
40 or so, I have been seeing about 4. Then, I had an influx of 40-60
goldfinches a couple of weeks ago with the more adverse weather and snow.
My feeders emptied quickly. I also had a few starlings and more squirrels
than I usually see.
This year, instead of 10-14 Northern Cardinals, I have seen no more than 3
females and 1 male at once.
American Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, various woodpeckers, Black-capped
Chickadees, and House Finches have been the usual. I probably have fewer
Dark-eyed Juncos than usual but I have quite a few. They too increased for
a time a couple of weeks ago.
Also, the hawks (Sharp-shinned, Cooper's) aren't around as much as usual
this winter or the deer for that matter.
Nancy A. Carter
Northern end of Lake George near Cook Mt. Preserve