About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Are birds confused by this warm winter?

Birds take the weather as it comes. Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing, Michigan has received several calls and e-mails about hummingbirds, orioles, red-winged black birds and other migratory birds staying for the winter.

Migration south isn't a mandatory vacation. Migratory birds may linger in the north as long as there are still a lot of natural food sources available. If the snows every begin to blow, some birds may find they have to move further south.

NOAA's official Winter Outlook for 2011-2012  is that La NiƱa will produce a winter that is drier and warmer than normal in the Northeast and some birds have chosen to stay north longer than usual. However, a seesawing of atmospheric pressure between the Arctic and the mid-latitudes creates a less predictable Arctic Oscillation that could produce dramatic short-term dips in temperatures this winter which may create a feeding frenzy at the feeders.

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