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post #11 of 31 (permalink) Old 12-08-2019, 09:34 PM
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we feed year around and yes numbers are down .In my onion there is a number of reasons wind mills kill a lot of birds, free ranging cats, hawks, now 5 g cell service is killing them too.
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Definitely not as many coming into our feeders. I used to fill them up every 3-4 days now its turned into weeks. I mentioned it to my wife about a year ago. I've also read different magazine/newspaper articles about the decline of birds. I hope it's temporary we enjoy seeing them. I could use a few less squirrels though!

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I have 3 feeders and have to fill each daily.


There are 20 doves 8-10 blue jays, dark eye juncos, 2 cardinals and 1 female, titmice, chickadees, red breasted woodpeckers, nuthatches, goldfinch, hairy & downy woodpeckers... and of course 3 or 4 squirrels


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The snow cover has them coming in

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I believe that the uncontrolled number of hawks have really put a hurting on their prey. Years back I remember an elderly lady buying a pellet gun to shoot the hawks at her bird feeder. She thought they were a problem.
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In my onion there is a number of reasons now 5 g cell service is killing them too.
How do the 5G cell towers kill birds?
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Off and than on. Gold finches were down and last year increased. My best guess is West Nile. But they rebound like the crows did. Waugh!

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I believe that the uncontrolled number of hawks have really put a hurting on their prey. Years back I remember an elderly lady buying a pellet gun to shoot the hawks at her bird feeder. She thought they were a problem.
Those days are over and far in the distant past. If you choose to harm raptors now-a-days you could find yourself on the receiving end of some serious fines for shooting federally protected birds.

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last year the birds had to take a number to get onto the feeders. this year only a few have shown up. when i look up into the woods above the field i see birds flying all over. maybe once we get some snow they will show up.
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How do the 5G cell towers kill birds?
There is a tin foil hat theory going around the internet that the radiation from 5G service is killing birds.

5G operates in the same part of the frequency spectrum that I've been dealing with for the past 30 years, and with more directional and higher power level signals. Pretty sure that we'd have killed every bird within sight of our antennas if this theory held any water.
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I havent had a bird at my feeder for weeks, I assume I need to switch out my seed because it had gotten wet. However, I remember reading an article not too long ago about feral cats resulting in the death of 2 billion ground nesting birds annually.
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