1/30 Feeder activity

Though our feeder has been filled for months, mixed flocks arrive only intermittently. This could be due to the poor snow year, which may allow for plenty of other foraging alternatives. When birds do show up, it tends to be following snowfalls. Coincidence? Also, there seems to be a lot of activity around dawn, then almost nothing for the remainder of the day, other than downy woodpeckers occasionally visiting. Why are some backyard feeders visited throughout the day, while my feeders are used almost exclusively in the mornings? The feeders themselves are relatively secluded, in a maple tree surrounded on two sides by building walls, but the house is in a more developed area. It could be that there are fewer birds in the South End overall.

Posted by sebeckett sebeckett, February 03, 2016 01:43

Observations

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What

Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Observer

sebeckett

Date

January 30, 2016

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor

Observer

sebeckett

Date

January 30, 2016

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Observer

sebeckett

Date

January 30, 2016

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Observer

sebeckett

Date

January 30, 2016

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Observer

sebeckett

Date

January 30, 2016

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Observer

sebeckett

Date

January 30, 2016

Description

Male and female, using feeder before dawn, before other birds arrived. Is this common? Are cardinals taking advantage of low light to hide bright colors at exposed feeder?

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

sebeckett

Date

January 30, 2016

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