At long last, the mainstream newspapers are paying attention to the effects of climate change on wildlife. In today's paper there was an article discussing how animals and birds are having to adapt at record pace to keep up with their changing environment. Birders and other conservation folks have been aware of this for several years.
Our birds (and squirrels) have been such gluttons lately that I let the feeders get empty and left them for a few days. It forces the critters to clean up some of the feed that has been slung out onto the ground. It took less than a half hour for them to find the feeders had been refilled.
We've had other recent visitors to the yard, too.
I bought what was supposed to be a squirrel proof feeder but mine was obviously defective. My friend bought the same brand and hers has a round of mesh on the top that mine doesn't have. Hers won't let the squirrels in.
I have since covered the top where he was able to enter with wire mesh and they've been kept out since.
A couple of weeks after his first visit, the bear returned and although I did not see him that time, there was evidence of his visit next morning.
That poor birdbath looks awful there. The crud grows in it so fast in all the warm weather we've had in what is supposed to be winter. It has been cleaned up and looks much better now and reset.