I finally figured out why my dogwood trees bloom so sparsely in May.
I have five of them, both white and pink blooming trees. I had chalked it up to their being older trees that were slowly dying, but no, that's not it, I realized yesterday.
Hungry gray squirrels are eating the buds.
One of the dogwoods is just outside my upstairs bathroom window. The tree branches are nearly touching the house. Yesterday I watched as two plump squirrels systematically nipped the buds off the tree, eliminating much of what would have been a pretty spring display.
They raid the sunflower seed bird feeder all the time. What more do they want?