What Happens to Birds During Heavy Rain?

What Happens to Birds During Heavy Rain?

7553 Light, springtime rain showers pose no threat to birds that visit our feeders. They continue their Gene Kelly impersonations as the rain rolls off their feathered backs. Those same feathers keep air trapped against their bodies, and it’s the air that keeps them...
How Do Birds Cope with High Winds?

How Do Birds Cope with High Winds?

7553 Last winter, during a snowstorm with an impressive northern wind, a mourning dove perched on a maple in my mother’s yard. It stayed there for hours. Mom called me with deep concern, not the least of which was a fear it would be blown away. “I...
Worm-Eating Birds Can Use Your Help

Worm-Eating Birds Can Use Your Help

7553 I remember high-school biology lab when I and 11 other confined students were expected to dissect an earthworm. A dead, preserved, wrinkled, gross-smelling worm. This for a diploma? Of course, when you cut into something as decrepit and skinny as a...