Are there fewer birds this fall? Your Stories

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Are there fewer birds this fall in Central New York?

It's a question many of you have sent us after observations around your homes and neighborhoods. 

Shannon Farrell, an assistant professor at SUNY ESF, says it's too early to say if there's any specific decline in population this year. 

Farrell does say birds could likely display some behavioral changes due to "external conditions that may trigger them to move or move more quickly during migratory periods."

Behavioral changes may be due to a cooler, wet early summer or a warmer fall. 

It is unclear whether spraying for EEE among mosquitos in Oswego County may have had an impact on the immediate bird population in that area. 

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