[CT Birds] unusually birdy year
carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net
Fri Oct 19 10:08:36 EDT 2012
On this drizzly overcast morning, after breakfast, I looked out at the feeders
and - Wow what a sight!
I counted on the lawn within a 20 foot radius around the feeder poll-
over 60 Junco, 12 White-t-Sparrow, 16 Chipping Sparrow and 2 White-crowned
Then looking out to the back yard, I counted at least 100 more Junco there, with
Chippers in numbers as well. To the front yard I added another 50 Junco and 20
My house was surrounded by birds!
I surmised the following: Yesterday, my neighbor mowed with his tractor my
entire lawn, blowing the grass and leaves into the center, where raking them up
was easy for taking away. This left my grass lawn short, leafless and naked, and
so much easier for the birds to find seeds. -Yes?
To me, this fall so far has been the birdiest one for seed eating birds ever!
The numbers I have counted at Colebrook reservoir plus many other places has
been way above expected. Can it be that the movement of Sparrows and other
ground feeding birds has been concentrated more within their usual time of
Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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