[CT Birds] 2 more cents in the Junco jar
VITALI PETER E
vitali_peter_e at sbcglobal.net
Sun Jan 3 15:15:55 EST 2010
Same here Don. Only I also have House Sparrows eating at the nyjer feeder. No Goldfinches since September.
--- On Sun, 1/3/10, Mntncougar at aol.com <Mntncougar at aol.com> wrote:
From: Mntncougar at aol.com <Mntncougar at aol.com>
Subject: [CT Birds] 2 more cents in the Junco jar
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2010, 2:59 PM
I have been enjoying a large number of Juncos here, along with everyone
else, I guess. However the difference from the 40 something in bad weather
last year to the 50 something this year does not really strike me as a major
difference. In past years the size of the flock has generally seemed to
fluctuate over the course of the winter.
However, as someone else has suggested also, I do think they have been
using my platform feeders somewhat more than in the past. But the thing
that really stands out is the fact that this year I am consistently seeing the
Juncos ON my nyjer tube feeders, as opposed to underneath them. One
explanation is the fact that I have very few Goldfinches this year, apparently 6
or less on a regular basis (and thus far not a Pine Siskin or Redpoll in
sight). The result is that they simply don't knock as much seed out onto
the ground for the Juncos. Also, there is not much jostling for position on
the perches. In any case the Juncos are using the feeders on a regular
basis, as opposed to hardly ever before.
Clink, Clink, my 2 cents in the jar.
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