Where are the Birds? By Roger Spotts, Head Naturalist KCEEC
Its November, and yet there are no birds in sight at your backyard feeders. This may have you wondering what happened to the birds? Are they okay? Is a terrible natural disaster looming?
Fear not friends! Here at the Center, we have noticed the lack of birds as well. Over the last month, the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center has gotten numerous phone calls and questions on the lack of birds at feeders. We have had very little activity at our feeders for weeks. After consulting with several birding enthusiasts and doing a little research on our own we believe the warmer fall temperatures and the abundance of natural food has led to birds not visiting feeders.
An encouraging sign was observed at Kettle Creek’s bird feeders on November 1st. It was a colder, cloudy day when we witnessed our first notable number of visitors at our feeders. The birds observed were Titmice, Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers, Chickadees and Juncos. The bird sightings were short lived as on November 2nd the weather warmed up again and the birds were nowhere to be seen.
When the cold temperatures are more consistent and the insects die off, the birds will once again return and our feeders will again be busy each day. Until then, patience is the only advice we can give.