Ask Joe: Bird count question

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Updated: 1/29 6:41 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about our wildlife here in the Truckee Meadows, specifically birds .
Jim Hamers,  a neighbor who lives on my street asked the other day what happened to all the birds that used to live in our neighborhood.  He says even is his birdfeeder has been untouched lately.  
Answer:
Jim I checked with Chris Healy over at the Nevada Department of Wildlife about this. With our recent dry weather who knows how that's impacting wildlife around here.
Healy told me they don't track the kind of birds that would typically live in neighborhoods, but every year they do a waterfowl count on and around the Truckee River.   The count is conducted the first week of January and this year Healy says the numbers of ducks and geese were basically identical to last year, in other words no drop-off in numbers.
  So that's really the only indicator to go by.  Healy says if there's a water source in the neighborhood that's dried up recently, that could be the culprit.  
   He says we do tend to see an increase in raptors this time of year and those larger birds could also be scaring off the smaller birds if they've made themselves at home.  

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