Can birds predict that
tornado-like winds are about to hit?
birds have a special middle-ear receptor called the Vitali organ, which
can sense incredibly small changes in barometric pressure. So if the
activity at feeders suddenly becomes much more intense a storm may be
approaching. Birds flying low or lining up on power lines also indicate
swiftly falling air pressure.
small birds like chickadees fly as little as possible and try to wait
out storms in patches of dense vegetation or roosting boxes that give
protection. And they appreciate feeders.
During storms birds
may think of your feeder as a known source of food. While not dependent
on feeders, birds don't feel like foraging for food in bad weather.
Feeders make it easier for wild birds to brave a storm.
High winds make flying difficult.
love when the wind blows but know it is hard on the birds, so I keep
the feeders full. If they can navigate it to the feeder, they deserve a
You'll see some birds that seem to be flying in place, while other
birds like the Blue Jays seem to be able to navigate and take advantage
of the wind. They zoom in at the feeder like a bullet.
After a storm, brush piles of leaves and other natural debris can be piled up to provide birds with a place to take cover from the weather and hide from
There should also be available drinking water to allow birds
to maintain a healthy metabolism and stay warm. If weather turns freezing, you can use a heated bird bath or add a heater to your
existing plastic, metal or stone bird bath.