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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Birds come back at the feeders when it snows

The birds didn't have a very difficult winter this year. No snow on the ground means they had an easier time foraging for natural resources. I love winter but had finally given up and was all ready to welcome spring, but no. I wake up this morning to SNOW! Now the birds are back at the feeder in full force!
Chickadees are good scavengers and are also very good at caching and relocating food. They hide hundreds of seeds all over their territory, in a behavior known as scatter-hoarding to keep their stash a secret from competitors and help them survive during bad weather and when food sources are low.
Each seed is placed in a different location and to remember where each one is, neurobiologists have discovered that the part of the brain that processes spatial information increases in the birds’ that hoard food. They can find each hiding spot accurately even a month later.

That is why icy weather the hardest time for chickadees because they can’t reach their horde. This is when a feeder can literally mean life of death for a bird.

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