How Birds Cope With Cold in Winter

How Birds Cope With Cold in Winter

From feathers to fat, birds have multiple strategies for keeping warm when the mercury dips.

By Daisy Yuhas
Published: 12/12/2013
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Daisy Yuhas

Type: Author | From: Audubon Magazine

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Surely the tiny hummingbirds

Surely the tiny hummingbirds that forsake the opportunity to fly south and remain totally dependent on nectar feeders that have to be continually deiced are the pluckiest (or craziest) of them all.

When I live in the East, I

When I live in the East, I would save the bacon drippings, melt it and mix it with oatmeal. I would then take a handful and with rubber gloves on, mold it around a branch until it solidified to feed those hearty Winter birds.

Our new heated bird bath has

Our new heated bird bath has been a tremendous success. In addition to the various feeders, we now have almost constant visits to the fresh water.

have moved feeders closer to

have moved feeders closer to house to better observe different species and their habits - reminder: have feeders filled early in the morning before the squirrels become too active

I hang a hopper feeder, suet

I hang a hopper feeder, suet & a tube feeder. I also use an electric water bowl (usually used for dogs) that I put a brick or something in so it's not too deep for for the smaller birds. However the outside edge maintains the depth of the bowl. This way squirrels, rabbits, the occasional fox and others are also able to have a water source all winter. We have a diverse landscape as well, for evergreen habitat, a small woodpile, ornamental grass which I do not cut down until spring as an example.

When I put out a fruit and

When I put out a fruit and nut birdseed, I have many more birds ,especially all sizes of woodpeckers. Now I have to put out the double suet block. in addition to the four feeders I have plus throwing seen onto the ground for the Juncos.

Thanks, my husband and I were

Thanks, my husband and I were speculating just this subject yesterday over coffee.

Thanks, my husband and I were

Thanks, my husband and I were speculating just this subject yesterday over coffee.

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Love your Facebook page as well as your site!!!

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