Here at our store in Manchester I can report many, many customers having the same low feeder season Peter describes. Unusual in that so many even casual bird feeding customers have mentioned it to us - though the past several days have seen an uptick in seed sales. 

I have noticed that at our home the goldfinch population has quintupled the past 2 days, from zero to five. Only other unusual numbers are titmouse - 9-10 every day, though as mentioned, our feeders are being emptied a bit quicker this past week than has been the norm for this season since November.   Juncos, woodpeckers and titmice predominate. 

Randy Schmidt
The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch
Manchester Center, VT

On Jan 30, 2010, at 8:16 AM, Peter Manship wrote:

> I was wondering if others are having an unusual feeder season this year, I am. 
> It has certainly has been much quieter then passed years here on lake 
> Pauline. No winter finches or Evening Grosbeaks. I had one Pine Siskin back in 
> late November, non since then. No Red Breasted Nuthatch, even the Blue jay 
> numbers are way down. First time here on the lake that there is no wintering 
> Mallards or Canada geese and the most surprising is no Barred Owls. There has 
> been 3 around here on the lake for as long as I can remember. 
> This is what has been seen around here lately, any mix of this list on a given 
> day is what makes up my feeder day right now:
> Chickadee  16
> American Goldfinch   50 ++ this number goes up and down with the weather
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Cardinal  2
> Blue jay  1 or 2 now and then
> Dark-eyed ( slate ) Junco  7
> Morning Dove 3
> Hairy Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> White breasted Nuthatch  2
> Some days its just chickadees. What are others experiencing?
> Good Birding
> Peter Manship
> Lake Pauline
> Ludlow Vt