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Where did the birds go?

Some reporting little activity at backyard feeders

Paul Pakan of Eastholm Road in Schenectady points to the level of bird seed that has gone down an inch since December.
Paul Pakan of Eastholm Road in Schenectady points to the level of bird seed that has gone down an inch since December.
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Paul Pakan has lived in Schenectady’s Woodlawn neighborhood for about 50 years and is accustomed to see his yard fill with birds at morning and night, drawn by his four feeders. But something is amiss. “I’ve seen zero blue jays,” Pakan said. “They’re gone. Zero starlings. I always got woodpeckers. This year there are none, zero. My neighbors say the same thing.” Pakan said he usually refills his feeders once a week, but this year ...


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Fritzdawg
March 23, 2013
9:52 p.m.

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The birds are our "canary in a coal mine".

cidbil
March 24, 2013
7:53 a.m.

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I could make a snarky comment on how even the birds are leaving the City, but I won't...oops too late.

That being said, here in Rotterdam I have had an abundance of birds all winter.....Cardinals, blue jays, doves, juncos, titmouse, wrens, sparrows, chickadees, woodpeckers to name a few......I've gone through 150 lbs of birdseed.......want squirrels? come over here I could stand to loose a few......twice this winter I've had as many as 30 turkeys come out of the woods near my apartment......apparently my feeder is so attractive and tasty that the birds don't even mind the hawk that occasionally will sit on the fence outside my window.....oh, I live in an apartment not far from 5 corners and the Mall is within walking distance......:)

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JIMOCONNOR
March 24, 2013
9:43 a.m.

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Great piece

Totally agree with dearth of blue jays, juncos, robins, and wrens. However, i have a flock of 28 crows here in 12309

seawitch1313
March 24, 2013
10:56 a.m.

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Have plenty of birds here in Pattersonville....I can barely keep the feeders full! There are times we forget to fill it on hectic days, I usually notice when its too quiet out back. I have a "whistle" I make to let them know, food is available, and before you laugh....one bird will respond, then a couple more, then way more chirping to spread the news LOL
I knew we had Mockingbirds! Everyone told me I was crazy, but when you hear a dog bark, and no dog is barking...thats when I suspected we had them. Havent seen one yet tho.

LNMP
March 24, 2013
3:42 p.m.

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Nice to see an article on birding in our local newspaper! Thanks.

Sparkys_Dad
March 24, 2013
6:53 p.m.

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Maybe it's got to do with all that jet airplane pollution in the upper atmosphere. Why doesn't the Gazette investigate all those lines in the sky and the effect they might have on birds? I've seen those persistent vapor trails last for hours and spread into wispy clouds. They put a haze in the sky and it just looks weird. That kind of pollution just can't be good for anybody, especially birds, bats and bees! All declining, mind you.

meachamcb
March 24, 2013
11:33 p.m.

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I was overwhelmed by robins in at my bird baths in February here in Port Charlotte FL

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