To the editor:
In response to Marion Whitmore, of Waldoboro, I have not seen the usual birds around our home either. We were away all of September, and I always remove my birdfeeder in the summer, so when we put it back up Oct. 1, I figured it would take a few days for them to find it again. But they still haven’t come, and it’s the middle of the month. I’ve seen one pair of titmice and a stray chickadee at the feeder, that’s it!
But it’s not just the feeders. We have 7 acres of naturalized meadow and shrubs, old apple trees, barns, and berry bushes where a great variety of bird life has lived and bred for the 12 years we have lived here. I’ve spent time observing their nesting areas and there are no birds out there – none! We wondered if it could be the feral cats we’ve seen around since we returned, but I doubt it.
A couple of my friends in town have also told me the birds haven’t come to their feeders this season yet. There are plenty of crows and blue jays, but I too wonder, where have the birds gone? Hopefully they are simply still finding plenty to eat out there on their own as the weather has stayed warmer than usual?