Patience is the operant word .  In 2010 we moved into a rental trailer on our new property while our house was being built.  I put up feeders, suet and scattered ground feed in October and it was well into March before I had any reliable feeder activity.  Now,  I have enough Goldfinches to keep me filling my feeders every day and the rest of the usual suspects are here invert acceptable numbers.

North Pownal

Mundi Smithers

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On Jan 5, 2013, at 7:14 PM, Mz Berry wrote:

> Hi All,
> In searching for the answer to my Q, I found this list serve.  I moved to
> rural Sharon, VT in August and don't really see or hear birds except for a
> pair of young ruffed grouse (in August) and a few crows.
> I put out oil seed, thistle and suet 14 days ago, and have seen no birds
> yet.  This is very rare in my experience - usually within a week at a new
> location the chickadees find it. 
> What's going on? Where are the backyard birds?
> thanks,
> Berry