I have been hanging three feeders in our backyard for the past 5 years: 1 with mixed seeds, 1 with thistle and one with Suet.
This year however, I have not seen a single sparrow or gold finch. In the past, we usually see House Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Fox Sparrows, Tree Sparrows and White-Throated sparrows, Gold, Purple and House Finches at the feeder all the time, but not this year. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this in the Maryland Area?
Regular visitors include - Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatches, Chikadees, Carolina Wrens, Dar-eyed Junkos, Brown Creepers, Downey Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker and Mourning Doves.
On a positive note, this year for the first time, I have Eastern Bluebirds and Northern Flickers visiting on a regular basis.