I just moved from Saskatoon (200 000 people) to Fredericton (60 000), which are surprisingly similar cities–similar amounts of greenery with lots of trees, friendly people, large parks, and rivers run through each. But in Fredericton, even near the river, I barely see any birds. I might have seen 2 robins and a dozen pigeons, in addition to a handful of crows, in the two weeks since I moved. In Saskatoon, by contrast, there are geese on every stretch of grass within 200m of the river, songbirds wake me up in the trees outside my window (I have even larger trees next to my window in Fredericton), and pigeons wander all of the parks.
Is there a reason I’m not seeing birds? Is it something to do with eastern Canada versus the prairies? Or am I missing an obvious reason why I just wouldn’t notice them, despite being outside just as much?