It just seems like winter wants to get here too fast! It has been COLD!! We have had quite a bit of snow to boot. Nothing that is accumulating, but a couple of days ago we had lake effect and white-outs most of the day. This kind of weather makes the birds extremely HUNGRY! I am having trouble keeping my feeders full at home, and they are eating quite a bit at the store. We would have more activity at the store, but our cat (Joy) has discovered she can lay on the window ledge and enjoy the sun-what little we have had-and see birds in the yard too. We have placed a thistle feeder on a suction cup hook on the window and the finches would love to eat from it but there lies a big gray cat on the other side staring at them, and they just seem skeptical to dine. It seems nice to have feeders out and have the birds show up during the day, we miss all that activity at home. A few days ago we had a pair of Tufted Titmice show up at the store, and we were so excited. That is a new species for our feeders at the store. Our squirrel(s) haven't been around in a couple of days either. It seems like they would be around more often, as there is a free supply of food for them just outside our door. They probably have a feeder in the neighborhood behind us that they have been eating from for years, and only need to dine at our place when the other feeder is empty.
The one thing we need to get done at the store is figure out a way to provide water for the birds when it freezes. We have heated bird baths, and heaters for bird baths, but we need an outlet for those. We'll get it figured out before too long.