Im going to throw my 2cents in here. I think there were more birds then normal but for the most part they were local birds. On the cold thing, the old timers have told me all my life that is it gets cold the birds with come. Last year it was colder than i can ever reminder it being in 25 years. The deer and ducks didn't move well in my area(north florida). I think the water need to be alot less that it was last year. Soon there will be more water once the trees start to drop the sap it want take much rain to fill an area up. All in all last year was an all together off year.
COLD= We need it to be cold up north to freeze the birds out it doesn't matter as much down here as it does north off us.
WATER=We need some water so there is enough to hold them and let them spread out a little so they are not to pressured.But not to much to where they are to thin.
FEED,FEED,FEED=Is what they need. Feed is the number one if there is feed the birds we do get will stay around longer. At one time the flyway went right through this area. But the change in ag in this area (north florida,south geogia) has moved the birds away from the area due to the lack of agriculture which the birds use for feed. Thats why we need it to be a good natural feed year.
Anyways hope for the best yall shootem up- up there and we will help with the clean up down here.