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jaib

Where are my birds?

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jaib    0

About a month ago all my birds left and haven't come back. My cardinals usually are here year round. I live in SW Georgia and it hasn't been very cold yet. Could my seed be bad? I keep it in the house. I hear birds around but haven't seen any. Any ideas?

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Melierax    2613

About a month ago all my birds left and haven't come back. My cardinals usually are here year round. I live in SW Georgia and it hasn't been very cold yet. Could my seed be bad? I keep it in the house. I hear birds around but haven't seen any. Any ideas?

 

One of the most common causes of this is a hawk who decided to move in, but idk for sure.

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Tclarkwood    45

It is the draught that we are under. A lot of my birds left. All the bluebirds left and many of the cardinals. The dark eyed juncos showed up about 2 weeks ago and I've kept my bird bath full of water to keep them from leaving.

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Hamltnblue    5

They'll be back. Same thing happens this time of year here.  Mine Just came back after a few weeks.

I see it as an opportunity to clean the feeders and move them if needed.

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Tclarkwood    45

We started getting some rain finally after 67 days. A few of my cardinals have come back. The white-throated sparrows showed up. Juncos are here. One of my downys came back. They are coming back slowly.

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blueorchids    9

The same thing happened at my moms recently. She hadn't seen any birds for a couple of months even though she hadn't changed anything as far as what food she was offering, and not letting the feeders run out. One day they were just gone. A few days ago she called me and said that she has started seeing birds at her feeders again! I am not sure as to where they go, or why they left (perhaps a hawk moved in), but they will return. 

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Months back things got very slow for me. I went from seeing 50 birds in the morning to about 5-10 throughout the day. I didn't know what was going on and I still don't know for sure. But I get hawks almost daily and right now the birds are coming every morning regardless of the hawks so my area isn't a hawk issue. I think a while back it was a change in weather and maybe the birds had other options. I just told myself to be patient and enjoy the slow time (it's also good to save some $$ before the busy winter months).

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Tclarkwood    45

My birds are still not back to what they used to be but I have seen a few more varieties in the last week.  A Ruby-crowned Kinglet paid me a visit over the weekend and a flock of red-wing blackbirds raided my cracked corn on the ground.  I was glad to give them a snack.  I'm not sure where they are going but it was a flock with about 50 individuals in it. Still waiting on goldfinches and sometimes I get Pine Siskins later in the Winter. If you think about it, Winter has just started so we still have time to see a lot more varieties in the deep South before Spring. 

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Tclarkwood - Let us know if the birds increase with the snow. I started seeing a couple of Starlings recently. I'm hoping a huge gang doesn't show up. I'm seeing a huge increase in cardinals which I enjoy. The bluejays, doves, and woodpeckers are still showing up daily in strong numbers. I'm seeing chickadees, juncos, wrens, titmice, and nuthatches too.

Here in St. Louis we just got our first snow yesterday (1/5/17). I felt so bad because I fed the birds a little late (7:30ish) and there were so many waiting for me. So this morning with temperatures around 10° I got outside around 6:30AM and beat the rush. Below are some pics.

 

First pic shows a close up of my 3' finch feeder. I have to top it off daily!!! I also have two caged feeders for the smaller birds. Right now I'm filling it with 100% sunflower hearts. In the warmer weather I mix in BOSS.

 

Second pic shows a partial view of my other feeding area. I have two years worth of xmas trees out to help with hawks... I don't know if they truly help but I'd like to think they do since they block some views for any hawks wanting to attack a ground feeding bird.

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Tclarkwood    45

I wanted to give a complete list of what I have around my feeders and back yard now in central Alabama now that some of the varieties have finally come back and my winter species are coming in.  I may or may not get Pine Siskins... They usually are the last to arrive each Winter.  Sometimes I do get a Pine Warbler. 

Maybe you can compare for your region and see the differences? 

Downy Woodpecker

Cardinal

Titmouse

Chickadee

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Dark-eyed Junco

Mourning Dove

White-throated Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Some other kind of Sparrow 

Carolina Wren

Blue Jay

House Finch

Purple Finch

American Goldfinch

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Robin

Crow

Red-winged Blackbird (migration)

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Flicker

Bluebird

Cooper's Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawk?  (Some type of medium sized hawk other than a Cooper's)

 

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smo4142    13

I live in central Texas and my birds disappeared around August and have not returned. I have seen a drastic decline i in the past 3-4 years in the number of migratory birds I used to see in abundance at my feeders. This year I have seen zero American Goldfinch and pine siskin. I also had no painted bunting last summer. I feel this says something about the environment here, we went from droughts,  massive wildfires to floods.  I keep looking for them and continue to put out thistle for the finches, but still nothing. Anyone else notice this?

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JimBob    10172

Pine Siskins are irruptive and this isn't an irruption year for them so you wont be seeing any down there this year.

 

Don't know why all the other birds would be missing -- there's too many factors that could contribute to it.

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Tclarkwood    45

Numbers and varieties of migratory song birds are down all across the South.... I've heard it in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana. I thought it was the drought but it may be something totally different.   I know it is real because of the difference between this year and 2014 is significant.   I figured some organization would study this kind of thing?  I haven't seen anything from Cornell on this topic. 

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Tclarkwood    45

I have a group of about 6-8 American Goldfinches that just showed up and started eating at my feeders now.  I'm not sure where they have been or how long they will stay.  Still a lot less of them than 3 years ago but at least a few have shown up and are staying around.  I suppose there is a still a chance that you could see one before the end of the winter Smo. 

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Tclarkwood    45

I wanted to let everyone know that I have kept my food out, cleaned my feeders, stayed patient and many of my birds are back! For everyone that thinks your birds are  not coming back... they will. I have added a second thistle feeder now  because I have about 30 American Goldfinches now.  The only birds that are not back are the Pine Siskins and my friend from Canada educated me that they will not come this far south this year.  I have a pair of mating Coopers Hawks that keep all the birds on their toes!  I can't wait for the rubythroat migration that starts in another month or so.  Don't give up if your numbers go down! They'll be back! 

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