When this was discussed earlier this fall, many of us believed the very
rich wild food crops were responsible. We failed to also account for the
Together, I believe both factors kept birds north until the turn of
weather over the last two weeks. Concomitantly with that shift many
people in the Finger Lakes are reporting increase in their feeder birds.
Here, that is certainly the case. We were overflown by many species
thanks to weather earlier but now we are seeing sort of a late migration
of northern birds into our area.
Some species, like winter finches, we still don't expect to see mainly
due to that large crop up north. Time will tell.
Hope you both see an increase soon. Merry Christmas all!
John and Sue Gregoire
Kestrel Haven Migration Observatory
5373 Fitzgerald Rd
Burdett, NY 14818
On 2017-12-18 03:28, Sally Eller wrote:
> We are experiencing the same small number of feeder birds as Glenn reports. I
> would also guess we have about 20% of our usual number of feeder birds.
> Has this been discussed here recently? If so, I apologize that I missed it.
> Is it possible that West Nile Virus is affecting our feeder birds? I know
> that at the Finger Lakes Raptor Center in Lodi there have been many, many
> raptors afflicted with WNV. I keep wondering if it affecting our songbirds,
> woodpeckers, crows, etc. A quick Google search brought me to this article.
> Indeed, we do have our usual chickadee flock, but even our usually high
> numbers of Juncos are scarce this winter.
> If it is WNV, what should we be doing with our feeding stations?
> Sally Eller
> West shore, Cayuga Lake
> On Sun, Dec 17, 2017 at 9:06 AM, Glenn Wilson <wil...@stny.rr.com> wrote:
>> We have 3 Chickadees, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 1 Tufted Titmouse, 2 Cardinals,
>> and 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker. This is about 20% of normal. I find it hard to
>> believe the extra food available in the Wild is causing this.
>> Glenn Wilson
>> Endicott, NY
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