The unusually variable weather pattern that has characterized autumn 2017 in southern Ontario has continued on without too much change. Although the days are growing shorter and the nights are getting long, bird migrations – at least in our area – seem to continue in more of a trickle than a torrent.
Where last year we saw large numbers of blue jays at the feeder, this year we’re continuing to see them in pairs or small family groups – still no flocks of 20 or more birds as we’ve seen before. And while the first dark-eyed junco made its appearance a few days ago, even goldfinches seem to be stopping by only singularly, or at best, in pairs. By this time last year, it was quite normal to see every peg on both thistle feeders fully occupied, with another dozen or more finches waiting their turn in the trees nearby. This year, even if they are there we would have trouble seeing them anyway, them as most of our trees are still thick with leaves. Very strange indeed.
We’re supposed to see some more seasonal conditions over the next week or so. Although I’ve enjoyed the warm autumn, part of me is actually looking forward to some colder nights and blustery breezes – if only because they will finally bring us some new migrants to admire.