It's almost a month since the last post in this thread. I checked in here to see what others were finding (or not finding.) I am disturbed at the lack of activity at my feeders. I usually have plenty of birds and many varieties year round but I stopped feeding a month and a half ago to try to get the hordes of Finches to move on as they could empty a feeder in two days. I filled the feeders again and have seen very little activity. In an hour of watching I had a Titmouse visit twice and a chickadee once. This is abnormal from all the other years I have been feeding and watching. And I am nearly 70.
I have been seeing a few Pileated, Red Belly, Hairy and Flickers, a Cardinal or two, a Blackburnian Warbler and a Yellowthroat. Some Robins a few Blue Jays and a Phoebe.. I suppose natural food is plentiful and there is no need for the feeders yet.
I had a report for a neighbor two miles away with the same experience. I am happy the finches disappeared though. That will cut my feed budget in half or more. Great acorn and hickory nut crop here so the squirrels and deer are happy.