Saturday Snapshot: Winter Birds
Snow finally arrived in the Chicago area on Thursday. I was hoping it would stay away all winter as I was enjoying the spring-like temperatures. Whenever we get snow in the Midwest the next few days are always extremely cold.
I feel bad for the creatures who have to stay outside during the cold spells. The birds will be ok as long as they get enough food and can find a sheltered area for the night. Their feathers keep them well insulated and they generate a lot of body heat, which is why they need extra food.
My favorite winter birds, the Dark-eyed Juncos, looked happy in the snow. They were hopping and kicking it around looking for seeds. These birds spend the summer in Alaska and Canada, then head down to the US for the winter. Yep, they think Chicago is a nice place to settle in for the winter.
I have a roost box mounted under the eaves on the garage. It’s similar to a nest box only larger and has six perches inside to accomodate multiple birds. During extreme cold some species will huddle together and share body heat.
The Starlings claimed the box yesterday. A few of them were sitting in the shrub next to it and hopping in and out of it all day. This one appears to be guarding the entrance making sure it was his home for the night, and it was a cold one at only 7 degrees F.
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