Since mid-September, birdfeeder activity in the northeast has absolutely tanked. I wrote about the abundance of natural food sources when I did a post on pine cones called A Look Inside a Pine Cone.
Fruits and berries are amongst the other natural food sources that are still widely available to the birds and other wildlife. I walked around the yard a couple weeks ago documenting all the berries still out there.
About the only fruit-bearing trees in the yard that has been depleted are sumac trees. Everything else still has fruit on it. And as long as there's still lots of fruit and seeds out there, and as long as the temperatures remain mild and we have no snow, we can expect that birds and other wildlife will continue to feast on these natural food sources instead of visiting our feeders.
Birds have been using the feeders first thing in the morning and late in the day so enjoy the activity during those peak times. And hope for snow!!