Date: 3/2/18 3:17 pm From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Subject: FeederWatch
I completed a Project FeederWatch count this evening. It was amazing the difference between the two days. Yesterday, there were few birds of a few species including only a few Pine Siskins.
Today with the wind, cold and blowing snow, the feeders were overrun and emptied. The Pine Siskin number jumped to at least 75 - if you can even count them with their busy activity. Twenty three Red-winged Blackbirds showed up. Dark-eyed Junco numbers multiplied as the day wore on to a maximum of 22. There were four House Finches, two of which had eye disease despite the feeders having been down for almost two weeks.
There were no unusual or rare birds but one amusing interaction. A Northern Cardinal was sitting on one of the feeders. A Pine Siskin arrived, opened its mouth and made a threatening gesture. The cardinal made the same gesture right back. This behavior was repeated several times until the siskin left. Cardinal 1: Siskin 0.