Date: 12/26/20 3:50 pm From: Bob And Nancy <blnllaval...> Subject: Feeder Watch
I take part in Feeder Watch each winter. This winter I have noticed a marked decrease in the number of birds using my feeders. It seems to be due to a Sharp Shined Hawk that visits often. I can tell when it is close by when all the usual feeder birds disappear. Today , not a single bird came to the feeder until about noon when a lone Goldfinch came to a hanging feeder and a Sapsucker was on the side of a hard maple about 10’ away. As I was looking at them the hawk tried to catch both of them without success. No more birds came to the feeders until dusk when most returned including 14 Cardinals. I assume the hawk had gone elsewhere. If it stays around it is going to make this winters count look strange compared to past winters records.