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Mid to late winter marks the lowest point of the year for overall bird numbers. Is this year even worse than normal? Keith Corliss

Flight lines: Reports of low bird numbers hard to quantify

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In a voice bordering on exasperation, friend and former coworker, Craig McEwen, blurted out his question over the phone last week, “So where are all the birds?” He described putting up a number of bird feeders last fall with the hope of attracting some feathered friends to his yard yet very little if any activity has taken place since. He’s not the only one to make such an observation.

I was out of town on a trip for three days last month before returning home one evening.

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