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.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

What birds do to survive blizzards

Surviving Winter, the Bird Way
Just as we rely on coats, hats and mittens to keep us warm in the face of winter's icy grip, most birds will adjust their feathers to create air pockets that will help them keep warm. You will often notice the birds look fatter or "puffed up" during cold weather. This is because the birds are fluffing up their feathers; the more air space, the better the insulation.

The 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. Some birds perch on one leg at a time, drawing the free leg to their breast for warmth. Most birds will shiver for short term adjustments to the cold. Shivering converts muscular energy into heat for the short term, but the energy must be replenished shortly thereafter.
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This is when they appreciate feeders the most. During storms birds may think of your feeder as a known source of food. Birds don't feel like foraging for food in bad weather.
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Food is the most essential element, providing birds with the energy, stamina and nutrition they need. An ample supply of high-calorie foods such as sunflower seed, nuts and suet is crucial to a bird's survival.
Stop by Wild Birds Unlimited today and let us show you which high-energy foods, shelters, and baths are available to help your birds brave the cold snap!

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