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, May 29, 2010

One Hot Cardinal!

We’ve had a couple days without rain in mid-Michigan but now it’s full sun and hot! An open mouth is one sign that a bird might be overheating and working to lower its body temperature.

Birds lack sweat glands, so they pant like dogs instead of sweat like people. By opening its mouth a bird increases the airflow and causes more moisture to evaporate and cool their body.

When the temperature is in the 90's, a bird’s body may start to overheat. Birds give off excess body heat through their unfeathered legs and can ruffle their body feathers so hot air close to the skin can escape. A bird will also pant, travel less, find a shady spot, or seek water to reduce its body temperature.

In this heat a refreshing dip in a birdbath is very effective in lowering their body temperature and rehydrating their body to beat the heat.
You will also significantly increase the number of birds visiting your yard by providing bird baths, drippers, and misters. Wild Birds Unlimited has a wide variety of baths to choose from. Birdbaths come in many shapes, sizes and materials. They can be placed on the ground, mounted on a pedestal or hung. If you have any questions come in to the store and we can help you find the best bath for your yard.


Vetsy said...

Thank you for the education and the tip, love the photos..what model or type of birdbath is that shown in the photo?

It looks like a small bowl I think it's really cute.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

That is our Wild Birds Unlimited Bird Bath Bowl with Tilt-to-Clean Deck Rail Mounting Bracket. The bowl is 20" x 2" deep. The shape of the rim is designed to be easily grasped by a bird's talons making it a natural perch and, as a result, encourages landings. Includes a mounting bracket that firmly attaches to deck rails. The bath can be tilted for cleaning without removing it from the rail.