I've not filled the feeders over the summer. But last week, a few titmice passed through the yard checking out the empty stations. Guilt took over so I loaded one right up and they took up a few seed. And that was that. No more birds.
But...someone noticed what was going on and took full advantage of the situation. One might think its cheeks were full but this little one was still packing away the seed.
a great article on the missing birds.
p.s. A new oil boiler was installed and life is warmly back to normal.