Where are the birds?

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Feeder use can vary from year to year, largely dependent on conditions and availability of natural foods. I suspect your suet will get more use as our temperatures drop, which will decrease availability of small insects and other high-value foods out in the environment. Migration timing and even to some degree stop-over needs, so the species we see in our yards during spring and fall migration periods can be quite variable. Also, population abundance (and thus how many individuals might be available for us to detect) can vary quite a bit year to year, based not only on conditions and food availability here, but also what the birds can access on their other seasonal range.

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