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Started yesterday in my garden. Let me (as the MP in the maid's outfit said) explain:
In the early Spring, there is usually a period of 5 - 10 days when very few birds visit the feeders in my garden. I've always assumed that this is down to territorial disputes as migrant birds (blackbirds and others) return to last summer's places, and also the early stages of courtship both over-ride hunger.
I have also noted that the same thing happens in late summer. This is usually in early September, but this year it has started early. The seed feeder (normally filled every 2 days or even more often) has hardly been touched, and there is food left on the raised table. (The ground-level table is visited by a wood mouse that diligently cleans it up.)
Does anyone know why this second annual quiet period for the feeders happens?