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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 14:10   #1
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Birds and Storms

I'm new to birding, which will probably explain my fascination of what is probably obvious to most of you. We had a snowstorm overnight, and I had wondered what bird activity would be like at the feeder before, during, and after.

The snow started to fall and the winds picked up shortly after 3pm yesterday. Up until dark, activity was very heavy at the feeder with black-capped chickadees, dark-eyed juncos, song sparrows, as well as a tufted titmouse and an american goldenfinch.

At dawn, the snow and sleet was still coming down but the birds all returned and have been feeding all morning. Snow and sleet has stopped, and they're out there just as if it wasn't happening at all. Pretty neat. I thought that they'd hunker down, but not the case.
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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 16:15   #2
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ive found that they eat a lot b4 the storm (as if they know its comming) and eat a lot after a storm so taht they have a lot of energy to live through it, especially a snow storm like we had yesterday. the house sparrows seem to bunker b/c when ever theres a lot of snow or its really cold i never see any house sparrows at my feeder.
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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 21:20   #3
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I'm new to birding, which will probably explain my fascination of what is probably obvious to most of you. We had a snowstorm overnight, and I had wondered what bird activity would be like at the feeder before, during, and after.

The snow started to fall and the winds picked up shortly after 3pm yesterday. Up until dark, activity was very heavy at the feeder with black-capped chickadees, dark-eyed juncos, song sparrows, as well as a tufted titmouse and an american goldenfinch.

At dawn, the snow and sleet was still coming down but the birds all returned and have been feeding all morning. Snow and sleet has stopped, and they're out there just as if it wasn't happening at all. Pretty neat. I thought that they'd hunker down, but not the case.
I've watched this all winter and it is very true your birdies are the best at predicting a storm or weather change. Leave it to nature.
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Pretty cool how they know. This time yesterday they were at the feeder like mad. Now they're just hanging out lethargically at the fringe of the woods.
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