Date: 1/6/19 1:43 pm
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Lake Michigan
More likely the reason is that there is a good supply of natural food
sources still available at this time.  You'll probably see more birds at
your feeders once the winter snows start in.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

On 1/6/2019 3:04 PM, Judy Ettenhofer wrote:
> Daryl: I also have had very few birds at my feeders, for months. Has anyone
> offered a theory as to what is happening? Is this a result of climate
> change or something else?
> Judy Ettenhofer
> Spring Green
> On Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 7:55 AM Gmail <bhaunts...> wrote:
>
>> I spent part of yesterday checking out several sites along Lake Michigan.
>> It was surprising how quiet it was! Starting at Harrington Beach SP there
>> were the usual diving ducks off Cty D plus a few Herring Gulls. Nothing
>> unusual was seen. I then moved down to check the Port Washington harbor.
>> I do not believe I have ever seen it that quiet in the winter. On the sand
>> "bar" (north end) several Mallards and Ring-billed Gulls were loafing. The
>> rest of the harbor did NOT have another bird, literally!!!!
>> Kohler SP had the usual birds at their feeders, including a Red-br.
>> Nuthatch, but the lake had one bird, a Herring Gull.
>>
>> Sheboygan had birds in the harbor (hurray) which included the usual diving
>> ducks, Herring Gulls on the ice accompanied by four Great Black-backed
>> Gulls. North Pt had the usual birds, with the Harlequin Duck not present.
>> The best was running into Tom Woods, where we talked and birded together.
>>
>> As birders have commented and seen during CBCs plus regular birding, it
>> has been a very quiet fall and now winter. On most of the counts I helped
>> on there were extremely long periods of seeing no birds. On a few counts I
>> started cheering when I found a Starling or pigeon!
>> Daryl Tessen
>> Appleton,, WI
>>
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