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Not all birds are "snowbirds"

Jan 07, 2020

Sticking around in winter



Not all birds fly south to their bird condo for the winter in search of warmer locales, clogging southern bird feeders and flying too slow..Jays, chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, titmice, and woodpeckers will stick around, hiding food during fall and winter, up to hundreds of seeds a day, and each in a different location that they will remember and retrieve later for eating.


Offering food in bird feeders supplements their natural diet, so be sure to keep your feeders full - and offer suet as well! Some birds you think of as leaving - American robins, bluebirds and many finches - may elect to hang out if there’s food to be found.


Leave bird houses available for them to roost. Birds will pile together for protection from the elements and colder temperatures.



Bird feet are designed to endure winter, with a protective cover and special veins and arteries to help keep them warm, so no, they won’t stick to cold perches!


Birds will drink from heated bird baths, but instinct tells them to not bathe or get their feathers wet if the temps fall below freezing.


Giving birds a bit of southern hospitality in northern climes will help see them through the winter season.