Skip Navigation

Species Search:
Ask an Expertthreatened and/or endangered

fewer birds this winter, why?

Hello, we have been noticing many fewer finches and other small songbirds this winter than usual. We still have many sparrows, flickers and crows. I hear this is the case in other parts of the US, also. What's up?

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

There has been no dearth of feeder birds in the U.S. that I am aware of. My feeders in Wisconsin have as many, or more than usual. Some people are getting a huge invasion of northern finches. However, in your case, it may be that the natural foods in your area are in short supply, and the feeder birds that wander in winter have moved to areas where the natural foods are more plentiful.

New Search