Regarding the recent postings from Donna Lee Scott and Asher Hocking, I can report the same unusual patterns in the appearance of feeder birds in Canandaigua. Activity at our feeders was unusually light all through the fall, and even well into November. We assumed this was the result of the mild fall weather and that birds were finding ample food in the fields that surround our home. When the cold and snow appeared just a week ago, things changed and activity increased to include our regular heavy winter feeders, Juncos, Goldfinches, American Tree Sparrows, etc. Then, on Monday, with the more mild weather, activity immediately dropped right off sharply, and that continued into Tuesday. I am expecting to see an upturn again with the colder weather moving in on Wednesday and Thursday. I do not ever remember a fall pattern like this and we have lived in the area since 1976. Normally we have a gradual increase in feeder activity from mid-October on into winter. David Marsh, Canandaigua, N.Y.
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