Saturday, February 25, 2017
In late winter and early spring, the numbers and variety of birds appearing in your yard can actually change every morning as many small songbirds arrive. Species such as warblers, vireos, orioles, grosbeaks, tanagers, buntings, blackbirds and sparrows all migrate overnight.
It is not uncommon for birds to lose one-fourth to one-half of their body weight as they migrate thousands of miles. Make sure your yard is ready for the influx by creating a “stopover site” with plenty of food, water and shelter.
More information: Daniel Zúñiga et al. Abrupt switch to migratory night flight in a wild migratory songbird, Scientific Reports (2016). DOI: 10.1038/srep34207
- The Journey North: Bird Migration Maps http://bit.ly/pbk4Eb
- Great Horned Owl Singing at Night http://bit.ly/qKeKDM
- Are Horned Larks Common in Mid-Michigan? http://bit.ly/qmAbt7
- How do Birds Migrate? http://bit.ly/nNCI6d
- What birds migrate from Michigan? http://bit.ly/qa0CVU