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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Where birds shelter in the rain

I'm wondering when it is raining really heavy, where do the birds go? I don't see or hear them in the trees. Where do they shelter themselves? - Ricky

Roosting pocket make a cozy shelter
You need to look a little lower for birds when it storms. Many birds take shelter in a dense group of bushes lower to the ground or even in leaf or brush piles. I had a little finch on my front porch taking shelter behind a pumpkin.

Bird houses and roosting pockets also give protection during a storm. Wrens, chickadees, sparrows, woodpeckers and bluebirds often pop in bird houses when shelter is required from heavy rains or snow.

The small birds fly as little as possible and try to wait out storms. This is when they appreciate bird feeders the most.
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 and refuel. 
 

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2 comments:

Kathy Pratt said...

I have a couple of those roosting pockets, but I never see any birds in them! They are currently hanging in my arborvitae trees. Should I put them somewhere else? or maybe put something IN them??

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

Make sure the entrance is facing east and away from the winds. They like to use them at night and in bad weather. You can also try another spot. I've had good luck hanging them close to the house.