Focus on Feeders - 2012 Results

We would like to thank the more than 850 backyard bird-feeding enthusiasts from across Massachusetts who took part in the 2012 Focus on Feeders.

As usual, we received feedback from a great number of observant backyard birders, so that our long-term database continues to grow in size and value. Due to the exceptionally mild weather we had this winter, numbers of birds seen at feeders were uncommonly low, and we appreciate the dedication and persistence demonstrated through your participation.

Highlights from the 2012 Focus on Feeders:

  • Nearly 100 species were reported. These included 39 of the 40 species we have been tracking since 1997 (no ruby-crowned kinglets this year). Several raptors, waterfowl, wading birds, and rare species were also reported, including the lazuli bunting at our Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, and a Townsend's warbler in Ipswich.

View the map of number of species by zipcode. (As always care should be taken before drawing conclusions from what may be short-term and minor fluctuations in numbers.) View a map of the total number of participants by town

Thanks to your participation, our winter feeder database continues to grow. The current Focus on Feeders program dates from 1997, and the updated rank order of birds visiting feeders since 1997 can be found in this table.