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Friday, October 21, 2011

Top Ten Reasons There Are No Birds at Your Feeders

American Goldfinch feeding on the seeds of Purple Coneflower (Rudbeckia purpurea, yellow Rudbeckia triloba in background). Reason number 2 why you have no birds at your feeder.

"Yum, I don't need to visit the Stokes thistle (nyjer) feeder when all of this is available!"

Top Ten Reasons There Are No Birds at Your Feeder

1. There was an abundance of rain this growing season in many parts of the country, producing bumper crops of wild foods.

2. There are lots of wild seeds of composite flowers available, such as Rudbeckias (Coneflowers), Coreopsis, Sunflowers, Asters and others.

3. There are tons of tasty weed seeds available, such as smartweeds, pigweeds, goldenrod, etc. Sparrows love all these seeds.

4. It is a bumper year for berries — Holly, Chokeberry, Dogwood, Pokeberry, raspberries, etc.

5. Crabapple trees are heavy with fruits.

6. The cone and seed crop on many trees has done well. Here, in NH, we have many Hemlock cones, acorns, birch seeds, Spruce cones, etc.

7. The weather has been warm and birds do not need to eat as much as they do when the weather is colder and they need to keep warm.

8. Because of warm weather some insects are still available and have not gone into dormancy.

9. Fall is migration time for many raptors, some of them hunt birds at your feeders. This morning we had a Cooper's Hawk, juv., sitting in a tree in our yard. The wise feeder birds had sought cover and were nowhere to been seen. In general, these hawks move on.

10. It is a self-fulfilling prophesy of "there are no birds at my feeders so I do not have to fill the feeders." An empty feeder will not attract birds, especially any of the ones that are still around.
Birds like chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, are permanent residents in an area and, even though they are not at your feeders now, come colder weather they will return, but not if the feeder is empty.

So keep those feeders full!


kestrelhill said...

When I did the Christmas Bird Count last year, I was amazed how many people hang feeders and leave them empty, or fill them with the cheapest yellow seed and complain all they get is starlings and house sparrows.

kestrelhill said...

When I did the Christmas Bird Count last year, I was amazed how many people put out feeders and don't fill them!

LNMP298 said...

I am definitely keeping my feeders full - especially after I heard a report from downstate that Evening Grosbeaks are showing up! (I have had them at my feeder exactly once in ten years.)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I recently hung out a few more feeders,filled with sunflower seeds.Well, I have more birds than I had seen in quite a while.

Kathy P said...

Even in summer, I need to refill my feeder practically every day, but since we had back to back storms in Sept (Hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee) there have been no birds. The Susquehanna River valley here in PA was very hard hit with massive flooding and damage. I even dumped out food and started again with new food - still no birds but a few stray chickadees.

GemX Jewelry said...

Our problem is that we have NO birds anywhere near our yard. We don;t know why. We have a huge yard with woods. We just moved here (NY) we have not seen 1 single bird. Our last yard we had so many.
Any ideas of why we have NO BIRDS?