Date: 12/28/20 8:34 pm From: Marta B. Harris <harrismarta8...> Subject: Re: Feeder Watch
We've had a similar thing in our neighborhood. A pair seem to have nested across the street for at least 2 seasons. This is a heavily wooded area & the houses across the street have a creek in their backyards.
I miss the passerines, but love to see the sharpie young every spring. Everything has its place. :-)
Suzy Harris Bartlesvillu
On December 26, 2020, at 5:49 PM, Bob And Nancy <blnllaval...> wrote:
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.