Some background information. I live in the west coast of Scotland. Im a photographer by profession and a very keen ornithologist who likes to
photograph bird life.
I have 5 hangup feeders and a large bird table in my garden and all are used continually by various speices including....sparrows, starlings, blue
tits, great tits, chaffinches, bull finches, gold finches, wild pidgeons, jackdaws, 3 magpies, 2 female robins and a tame male robin.
My wife checks the feeders every morning at 6.30, making sure all are filled up. At 7.30 she puts food on the brid table and is met (Since September)
by a male robin who is now taking seed from hand. He guards the table against all who try to steal his food.
Today there have been no birds to any of the feeders and all are still full at the time of posting this OP (11.00pm). Usually 90% of all the food in
the feeders and table is gone and needs to be replaced the next morning.
Temperatures remain as they have over the cold spell with a night temp of minus 3-8 and a day temp of -3 to +3. Today has been no diffirent.
I have checked for and saw no sign of any hawks or scavengers, nor any sign of any dead birds.
This is where it gets interesting. At 11.00 am My friend and I went walkabout with the cameras at a local beauty spot. The snow on the ground and the
sun was shining. The secluded environment ment we were on our own from 11.45 till 1.30. It was a forest area with a frozen river. For the whole time
we were out we saw no bird life apart from a group of 7 ducks standing on an ice ledge.
I am concerned and clueless as to why there have been no birds. I dont think it is weather related as if anything the snow has ment that the feeders
have been realy busy.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
I enclose a photograph of the tame robin.
[edit on 10-1-2010 by captiva]