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My feeders have been emptying in 2 days, with the usual numbers of birds.  I 
do keep feeders going all year, most of them anyway.  So my neighborhood 
flocks may be a bit dependent.  If we're gone, and the feeders empty, as 
soon as I fill them the Chickadees and Cardinals start letting everyone 
know.

I put out safflower, niger and suet, occasionally peanuts.  I did see Dove 
feathers under one of the hanging feeders today.  Cooper's most likely.

Great Horned Owls are hootin' up a storm again tonight!

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, MO


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Larry Lade" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: Number at feeders way down


>I did not have any feeders out during the summer and fall of 2005. I 
>refilled the feeders over a month ago and have had barely any birds coming 
>to the feeders. Except for December 22, 2005 (when we had about 40 birds), 
>I estimate that we have had perhaps a dozen birds that came to the 
>feeders - during that entire month of December. I have never had the 
>feeders avoided for that long a period of time. I do not know what is going 
>on! My feeders, after a month of being out, are still full.
>
>  I have Black Oil Sunflower, Nyger and shelled peanuts in four different 
> feeders.
>
> "Debra F. Nichols" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  Has anyone else had exceptionally low numbers (and number of species) at
> their feeders this winter? Our backyard is all wooded and I'm wondering if
> the natural food supply is more abundant than usual. I feed the same food 
> as
> every year--peanuts, suet, sunflowers, nyger, etc.
>
> I haven't seen a Cooper's (or sharpie) that seems to be guarding. Any
> thoughts?
>
> Debbie Nichols
> Hannibal, MO
> Marion County
>
>
> Larry Lade
> Buchanan County
> Saint Joseph, MO
> [log in to unmask]
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