|Help keep our yard birds warm this winter!|
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Winter Warmth for Birds
For those of you who are not familiar with Wild Birds Unlimited in Hockessin, they are a great store that is worth getting to know AND if you are TLC member, you can receive a 10% discount in their store by showing your membership card. Click HERE to read a full list of participating retailers. Wild Birds sends out monthly e-newsletters and I thought this recent blurb was worth sharing with our blog readers especially when I woke up this morning to the thermometer reading 8 degrees Fahrenheit!!
When the night wind blows and the mercury drops your
birds can face hardship just trying to survive. Add to that mix snow and
the poor birds become stressed and hungry. As we all noticed back in
and October birds rely on natural food sources a lot. Most natural seed
found at or near the ground. A heavy or lingering snow cover like what's
outside your window now can reduce a bird's access to seed heads buried
the frozen blanket. Birds will expend more physical energy trying to
Most birds will shiver for short term adjustments to the cold. Shivering
converts muscular energy into heat for the short term, but the energy
replenished shortly thereafter. Sometime you see a bird perching on one
What they're doing is pulling the foot closer to their breast for
might also notice birds appearing fatter or 'puffed up' during cold
they're actually doing is fluffing up their feathers in order to create
pockets for insulation. With the reduction in food sources birds will
to travel greater distances to find foods. Again more physical activity.
action requires energy that in turn is fueled by food. Food, be it
the bird food you supply, is the most essential element in providing
the energy, stamina and nutrition they need. Your bird feeders and the
food you place out can be an important and vital source for your birds.
calorie foods like black oil sunflower, safflower, peanuts and suet are
critical to a bird's survival. We have not experienced these extreme
conditions in several years and neither have your birds. When you look
window at the cold clear sky and the thermometer reads 15 degrees
about where your birds are tonight. When morning comes fill your feeders
now they need you more than ever.
From Our Backyard
Happy Birding, Charles
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