As I’ve said, my pet vultures, usually called sparrows are a great source of interest to me. Through the past five winters I’ve watched the population grow, and they hang around here most of the year, except for a pause in the summer, no doubt on their holidays up on the Alms. We have a resident population of Blue tits, Black headed tits and Marsh tits, and the cutest Long tailed tits arrive each winter. However this winter something is up.
We had the long, late, hot autumn and the birds were definitely late in returning to the garden and the feeder. The main groups didn’t even appear with the first snow but later on. Even now in late January, we are missing most of the usual birds, one Chaffinch, no Greenfinches, Bramblings, Siskins or even Woodpeckers. Did the hot autumn break their feeding and migration patterns, or even cause them not to feed up enough for winter? I cant see why they would stay in the mountains with the amount of snow we’ve got! Our cat population hasn’t increased and I’ve been feeding Sunflower and Hemp seeds, peanuts and a couple of fat balls– bird feed here is far more restricted than in England. I abandoned the local mixed food as the vultures just chucked it on the ground, hemp seeds are smaller and guzzled!
What’s happened, is this a Europe wide thing? Anyone else noticed?
- Take Part In The Big Garden Birdwatch 28th or 29th January 2012 (femaleimagination.wordpress.com)
- Watch the birdie (wellylady.blogspot.com)
- Little ghost (mothergrogan.wordpress.com)