my finches-my cardinals-my woodpeckers and so forth have vanished.joe
For some reason I don't ever get blue jays in the summer but always seem to have plenty of cardinals and finches not to mention the mourning doves.
Joe often in the fall of they year the birds seem to get kinda scarce around our feeders. Thats the time of year when theres more seeds and insects in the fields that ever so its likely your birds are in the woods and fields right now. Just be patient and they will return.
I have more cardinals around now. I always hear them but now they are coming to feed. It's funny because they sure let me know when they are out of food. My feeders are about 50 feet from the deck and they come up to see me and gripe. :) I have some BCC's back. They are noisy this year. The jays have been here all along. Hungry and greedy as ever. Taking two or three nuts at a time. LOL
I haven't seen many blackbirds and about a month ago my AGF disappeared too. They are back now. I can hear the killdeer really well. Seems like somethings up with them. They've never been more noisy. :)
I put out a pileated feeder. Ya never know! If you build it, they will come! LOL
Hi Steve! How've you been?
Do you have a hawk in the area? I just found a fat healthy dead bird yesterday and it has all the markings of a hawk. It had only one tail feather left and ripped at the base of the neck. Hawks don't have to be big. I have seen some that are the size of turtle doves. I witnessed one trying to grab a robin. Because of the weight, size, and the fight in the robin it lost its grip and couldn't hang onto it and dropped it about 3 feet off the ground. The robin hit the ground rolling, jumped up dazed, and then flew away.
Just last week I had a female cardinal bring a baby to the feeders. It opened up the safflower seeds and then fed it to the baby. I hear the blue jays but because I am not feeding sunflower seeds they aren't around and neither are the squirrels. I live right in town so I don't see many woodpeckers. A Downey or Hairy once in a while in the winter.
Some birds are migrating south and will continue on to South America. Birds are on the move right now.
wow its funny you say that .i was just in the yard and saw the largest hawk ever.that joker was swooping down toward me.now i guess i know where my birds went.joe
Raptors are government protected so you can't touch them or it will cost you big bucks! Mine was about 15 feet from my bathroom window. I had to sit and watch him pluck my little feathered friends. I can't complain he grabbed the ones with bad eyes from the conjunctiveitis. I've seen some little hawks out in the country that are about the size of a robin.
My finch feeder - thistle has three tubes and it holds 30 birds and is usually always full. I have goldfinches all year, but the past two weeks only a handful. Then this morning about 9 robins showed up on my front lawn, which is pretty strange as they usually are pretty territorial. Mu sunflower feeder now has chicadees, tufted titmouse , and mourning doves.
I had mourning doves today at the trayfeeder. I had some safflower seeds and BOSS left in it from yesterday. Also, lots of house finches and I saw a goldie yesterday. They don't come around much now and have many small brown birds; unsure if they are sparrows or finches but they come in a flock it seems. I think maybe sparrows and poke each other with their beaks sometimes to get them off the feeder.
I hear cardinals and see them occasionally. Have a pr. here year round. The jays are here most everyday looking for peanuts and BOSS, too. I have a lot of chickadees and nuthatches at the feeders, too. They are getting seeds from the flowerbeds yet. I have a lot of coneflowers that they are eating the seeds now. They will come back later on and I have suet feeders out and birds use those a lot.
Let every day be a good day!
Joe, This happened to me last year...or was it the year before...? OK...now I remember it was Fall 2009.
All my birds vanished save for an occasional Carolina Chickadee. I kept thinking I had done something wrong at my feeders or water sources. I was a worrying basket case.
Slowly the birds came back. Who knows why they left so suddenly (maybe a Hawk?) and stayed away (forging food in the wild?) all I know is I was so dang happy when they returned.
Moral: Don't take any of our precious native birds for granted.
Jean ~ Taylorsville, Georgia
I seem to have them all and I don't feed seed in the summer due to mice.
Just don't have BWatcher's Hawk....that I know of.
Plenty of Blue Jays to give warning to just about anything...like cats.
the hawk is gone.still no birds none.joe
Joe, Trust me...they will return.
Be patient; the birds will return to feeders. Now they are finding seed in the flowerbeds; coneflowers, etc.
Could it be the two Hurridcane Irene and Lee. I bet they tood cover.
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