Lack of songbirds

Asked August 21, 2016, 10:58 PM EDT

We have noticed the birds seem to be scarce this year. We thought it was because blackbirds had nested around our property but then after our first hail storm they left. We have not had the robins, finches ( house, gold, and lesser finches). , bluebirds and even the woodpeckers, killdeer and meadowlarks. Do you have any idea why this year. We have had more than usual grasshoppers ( does that have anything to do with it?).

El Paso County Colorado

4 Responses

Thank you for your question.

There have been no reported problems with songbirds this year. We have had many reports of an unusually high grasshopper population and there is no documented correlation.

Birds have three basic needs to be attracted to your yard; food, shelter and water. Here is a link from Cornell University that provides good information.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/the-best-ways-to-attract-more-songbirds-to-your-property/


Wow, I have heard about other people in our area with the same question. We have always had a lot in our yard. We have a pond and cover and food. We are in zip 80106, hodgen road and meridian road area.


Would love for somebody to have a clue to this question

Thank you for your response.

The last documented notable decline in bird population was around 2009. We have found a few articles you might find interesting written in 2009 & 2014.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/state-of-the-birds-2014-common-birds-in-steep-decline-list/

http://newwest.net/topic/article/idaho_montana_colorado_state_birds_ok/C559/L559/

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/birdingnews/decline


I, personally, live in El Paso County relatively close to the downtown area and there are more songbirds this year than I can ever remember. Large, mature trees, water, berry bushes, and lots of shelter. I am cautiously hopeful.