I'm finding the same thing here in St. Francois Co. I've had a frozen Junco under a suet feeder, an American Crow in the woods next to my house, a frozen Fox Sparrow in my yard, and a white duck (of questionable lineage) dead on the ice on the lake. Good thing is that the weather may have broken now and SPRING IS COMING! Also, I've seen no problems with conjunctivitis in finches this year. I have 50 or more A. Goldfinches, a few Purple Finches and a few House Finches.
The transition is interesting. Yesterday I had a Junco chasing a little round seed which kept sliding down the hill toward the lake. Just as the Junco would catch up with it and make a stab at it, the seed would slide 4 or 5 feet further
down the hill.
But then today I heard a soft song in a cedar thicket. A Northern Cardinal was alternately calling his "Cheer, Cheer" sound, and then running through a rather lengthy repertoire of song, but very softly, as if he was practicing for some little tawny lady Cardinal nearby. As the dogs and I passed by, he flew off in a huff, and I could hear him over in a nearby thicket, singing.
Oh, the Junco finally got the seed.
During this last cold spell I went from 0 Fox Sparrows to several daily to a high of 13, from 0 A. Tree Sparrows to 8. Three Eastern Towhees moved into my brush pile from somewhere and now come daily. A Pileated Woodpecker has been coming to the suet for the first time this winter. A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has stayed all winter.
Our hard winter is taking its toll. I found two dead wild birds today, both
on sidewalks. Early this morning it was an adult White-throated Sparrow,
lying next to an industrial plant parking lot. The bird was frozen solid.
Late this afternoon it was an adult Carolina Wren, on my front walk, of all
places, also frozen. The sparrow was skinny, but the wren was emaciated,
the body and feathers intact, but its skeleton palpable and right eye
missing. It wasn't there this morning.
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