[CT Birds] survey in NW CT on the state of the bird food crop for this winter.
carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net
Sun Nov 11 17:24:51 EST 2012
To ad to Patrick Cs fine article on winter finches, It so happened my brother
and I just did a survey here in NW CT on the state of the bird food crop for
As Patrick mentions, if the crop is not good, the winter bird species just may
here in CT and just past through, looking for better areas of food to survive
>From our 5 Hr survey driving about the towns of W Hartland, Colebrook and parts
we feel this winter might not have the food supply needed to sustain winter
birds through the long winter.
Of note: Last year from my observations, was the best for food crop I had seen
in many years.
Ash tree seeds were in abundance up here, and was one of the best years for them
i ever saw.
So to for most of the other tree and bush seeds as well. This Year however does
so good, especially for here in NW CT. Our results are listed below:
Hemlock cones: Poor to average. Some areas had fair cones, others completely
White Pine cones: Poor. Seems the cones that were there, all blew off from
our two storms.
Native Spruces: Poor at best (Black & White Spruce)
Birches: Poor at best. The Black, Yellow and Gray Birches have few if
Alder: In some areas their were cones with seed, but in general not a good
crop this year.
Larch: Fair at best. Most groves were lacking cones, while with single trees
some were better.
Beechnut: Poor, and past. We saw no evidence of any nuts. What was there
seems to have
been utilized already by native species.
Oaks: Same as above, but we seem to have had a poor summer for acorn
Bush fruits: Seems the Sumac crop is spotty, Winterberry crop has been eaten
Poison Ivy berries we did not see on any plants we spotted.
So Our summation is: Any winter finches that will be visiting our State - at
least here in NW CT,
will not find adequate food sources to hold them here for this winters
However: The GOOD NEWS might be - with little to no wild food sources available,
they just might
show up more readily at our bird feeders!
Good luck out there finch visitors, and if you happen to get any at your
feeders, please post them
so we can all know whats being seen this winter!
Paul & Douglas Carrier
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